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SKYPE office in Stockholm

Munchen Brewery Building in Sweden – design by PS Arkitektur

8 Aug 2011

SKYPE – New office in Stockholm

Design: PS Arkitektur

SKYPE Office Stockholm, PS Arkitektur

The Stockholm based architectural firm “PS Arkitektur” has designed the new Swedish head office for Skype.

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The project consists of audio and video studios, offices and social areas for 100 staff. The core idea behind the Skype software application has generated the design concept for the interior of the new office; the idea being that Skype is a useful and playful tool that allows chats, voice and video calls over the Internet.

A pattern has been derived from an idea of voids emerging between the abstracted interconnected nodes symbolizing the interconnected world. The scheme of this abstraction replicates itself in the flooring and in the design of the fixed interior. The idea of the bubbly furniture has evolved from the Skype logos.

The Skype cloud known from the Skype logo, has literally been reinterpreted as a cloud-shaped lighting fixture, shining throughout the chill out space. The lighting fixture, truly one of its kind, is created by a cluster of lit up translucent globes of various sizes.

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Created within a former brewery, a major effort has been made in order to accomplish high-end acoustics in the premises with efforts such as installing and designing soft wall absorbers. These efforts have been necessary for an office that predominately works with audio- and video development.

This focus on audio- and video development is visible in the interior and expressed in the unique wallpapers with prints of cables, earphones and other devices linked to the audio-video technique. The ebullient atmosphere and the vibrant colors are a direct translation from the graphics from the Skype design.

The contemporary interior generates not only an eye-pleasing environment but also an inspiring working place. Instead of the old fashioned offices with cubicles, this new interior creates a playful atmosphere that allows good, crazy and brilliant ideas to develop. An office should encourage a playful atmosphere and the Skype office truly does that.

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SKYPE – New office in Stockholm – Building Information

Location: Munchen Brewery, Stockholm, Sweden
Size: 1,680 sqm (100 workplaces)
Completed: Apr 2011
Team: PS Arkitektur ; Mette Larsson-Wedborn (head project architect), Peter Sahlin, Beata Denton, Thérèse Svalling and Erika Janunger.

Photographs Jason Strong (Jason Strong Photography

SKYPE Office in Stockholm is shortlisted for the LEAF Awards 2011

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SKYPE Office Stockholm imagess / information from PS Arkitektur

Location: Munchen Brewery, Stockholm, Sweden, northeast Europe

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