The offices cover two floors and house 200 members of staff. The specific aims of the project were to reinvent the existing tired workplace, demonstrate exceptional value for money via optimisation of real estate and provide attractive, accessible, useful spaces to encourage natural collaboration to help retain and attract talented staff.
The design team produced a dynamic workplace with a variety of styles. From the urban “garage” staff restaurant to the boutique meeting suite and the colourful and creative office space. It was important to reflect the identity of all the brands beneath the VW umbrella and to ensure that they could co-exist without the overreliance on symbols and logos. This was achieved using clever hints of colour, graphics and features, including a converted Beatle ‘catchup’ space and unique wall art made with seatbelts.
The space plan and design allowed for 25% more staff in the building as well as much needed formal and informal collaboration areas.