Mundipharma is a global network of brands united in the pursuit of developing new medicines to save lives around the world. Founded in 1952, the network has a presence in over 120 countries, employing 8,600 people globally.
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In 2018, Mundipharma moved into a new office space at the Gateway Gardens complex in Frankfurt. The pharmaceutical firm worked with interior architects Vedacon to provide a complete renovation of the entire office space.
Describing the project aims, Kathleeen Zink, Managing director at Vedacon said: “Developing a forward thinking design concept, the project involved a complete restructuring of the way the team worked, whilst taking on the company’s new corporate design. The goal was to create a modern, creative work environment characterized by a fresh and open design. At the same time, different opportunities for retreat, for short and long meetings, for telephoning and concentrated work should be presented.”
To meet these aims, Vedacon worked on a redesigned floor plan with open structures, floor coverings and wall paints as well as updated kitchens and restrooms. In addition, special areas were staged by additional accent lighting, utilising modern and functional furniture.
All employees including the management are placed in the open office space. The central area features functional spaces that offer employees opportunities for retreat and subdivide the open areas. The rooms offer a variety of alternative work opportunities and collaboration areas through different furniture. Separate seating areas are also planned for short internal meetings in the open office space.
„It’s a triangular shaped house and many of the rooms have sharp angles. We decided to interpret that and take the concept further using geometric shapes in both the furniture and the textiles. At the same time, we knew that it’s difficult to orient yourself when angles aren’t square, as we’re used to. For this reason we used a lot of colour coding in the accent colours across various floors.”Kristin Östberg, IndicumCompany name
The new corporate design developed as part of the restructuring process was reflected across the entire workspace. Graphic elements of the new brand identity were displayed in the foiling of glass partitions as well as in the entrance area with photo wallpaper. Corporate colours were applied in the entrance area and in reduced form in the office areas due to color accents on the furniture.
When it came to the furniture, there were a few objectives, as Kathleen explains: “All furniture specified had to have a modern design, needed to be comfortable and could be implemented in a variety of color options, to meet the colour scheme aims.“
As a result, all standard workstations have been furnished with HÅG Futu task chairs. Height-adjustable meeting tables were also provided in addition to desks. For the height-adjustable side table, Mickey stools by Profim were used. They allow short meetings while sitting and in a standing-sitting position. The Mickey stool was also used in all focus boxes with a high table. The chair FAN 10HC by Profim was used for the focus boxes in the sitting position as well as in some of the small meeting rooms. A small waiting area with the FAN 10 HW range and the matching side table SR40 has also been set up in the entrance area.
Depending on the area, the furniture itself is the colour accent in the room or they are kept in a quiet shade of grey due to the already coloured walls. Also, e.g. the frames of the armchairs are designed differently depending on the function (cross foot with castors or four-leg).Location :Frankfurt Germany
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