Based in Manila, Philippines, Utwentysix Architecture Studio set out to create an anti-corporate environment for a start up company called Migo that specializes in media and entertainment distribution. The company acquired space in a new high rise building in Manila that was a completely bare, corporate office space with no personality. The company’s CEO wanted an office that reflected their desire to serve the people of the Philippines so the design was inspired by a bit of nostalgia for Filipinos – traditional life and homes that are still found in rural towns.
The company sought an informal space that took fun and comfort into consideration because they felt it leads to optimum performance and creativity.
The layout is open with shared workstations that promote collaboration.
The once wide expanse of space was transformed into almost an amphitheater with an elevated platform and a recessed area that helps break up the huge room, as well as define the areas.
I love the sunken round seating area!
Throughout the design, they used galvanized metal (commonly found along the streets in the Philippines) and distressed bricks (inspired by traditional Filipino houses made out of brick and stone). They also incorporated corrugated sheet metal to enclose the video conferencing “houses” (inspired by the makeshift homes made of sheet metal) and to cover walls like above.
Other salvaged materials, like wood, and upcycled furniture from old houses were incorporated to warm the space up and continue the overall feel they were looking for, as well as keep the costs down.