“Inventing for Life” – That is the motto for Merck, a global biopharmeutical firm with a 125 year history of creating innovative solutions helping millions worldwide.
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In a move to further their development potential, Merck recently redeveloped what was originally a production centre into a complete technology and science campus, creating an Innovation Centre to drive them forward.
International architects HENN were the team behind the exterior and interior design project, tasked with creating an inspiring building with a unique spatial configuration, and a dynamic working environment with an emphasis on flexibility and collaboration, suitable for project focused, ever changing occupants.
Describing the architecture, HENN explain “The orthogonal shape of the architectural volume is derived from the context of the neighbouring buildings, simultaneously acting as a contrast to the animation of the building’s inner workings. The interior is characterised by the unfolding of a continuously flowing spatial structure.”
„“The HÅG Capisco is made for the Innovation Center, where people come together to work creatively and concentrate on new concepts …In our opinion, the chair model is unattainable on the market from an ergonomic point of view."”RepresentativeMerck
Utilising an open room concept, bridge-like connections span the space between oval cores, linking staggered workspaces together, creating a flowing office that rises up from the top to bottom floor. Combined, it makes for a visual and functionally dynamic working environment.
Ever changing teams of different sizes and requirements mean that providing adaptable spaces was key. To address this need the floor plans are highly flexible, with six open project areas complimented by a variety of separate rooms suitable for individual work or meetings. Flexibility is further emphasised by the furniture. Rollable tables and cabinets allow adaptable room configurations, a variety of task and lounge seating facilitate brainstorming and focused work, whilst acoustic dampening controls noise levels in what is a highly collaborative environment.
When it came to task seating HENN had strong demands. They wanted a chair that provided strong human factors, but also one offering intuitive controls and easy adjustments for different needs. It also had to match the modern, sophisticated aesthetic of the workspace. After a lengthy trial period, HENN went with the HÅG Capisco, specifying 140 models to the project, in both the saddle seat and flat seat variety.
Selection was influenced by the versatility of the HÅG Capisco design, which is easy to setup for different users with minimal adjustments required. Another positive was the HÅG in Balance technology, which promotes natural movement and combats sedentary behaviour, a feature that comes as standard in all HÅG chairs. The original aesthetic design of the chair also meant that it was strongly suited to the creative atmosphere of the offices.
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