Rosh Haayin, Israel
The division of the 800 square meter space was done according to the needs dictated in the pre-design program: an open space for the creative divisions (programmers, animators and graphic designers), two conference rooms, two closed executive offices, a fun room which includes a dining area and unofficial resting and working spots.
The goal was for every area and element in the office to be associated with fun and gaming, to create a fun environment which inspires and promotes creation. Every corner holds within it a pleasant surprise.
The element of entertainment
comes into play in the public space which contains relaxing areas and a cafeteria.
After many years in the world of high-tech, as a project manager in the field of business intelligence,
I decided to follow my passion for aesthetics and become a designer.
Despite my career change, I still maintain a warm sentiment for my previous world. So, when an opportunity arises to design a high-tech space, I felt as though I can truly relate to the "other side" – the long working days, the dynamic and fast paced activity, and beyond it all, the importance of a well-designed, inspiring and functional work space.
When I was put in charge of designing the offices for ILYON, a company who develops mobile games, it felt like the perfect fit.
A concrete column in the center of the space began as an obstacle but became
a design centerpiece. Around the column we constructed a high table, above which we hung cereal dispensers and huge pipes which interplay with the lighting, the column is nicknamed "the breakfast club". The table contains holes, in which cereal bowls and cups can be placed comfortably.
A motivation wall in the corridor displays the company goals (number of game downloads), as well as cards which display the current number, tallied every morning.
The challenge of the ILYON project was to translate the essence of gaming to the physical space. To act as home for creation, fitting with the innovation and ideals of stretching the boundaries of imagination and creativity, etched into the company's DNA.
A picture of a penguin, associated with the company, acts as a branding tool.
It is comprised of 800 magnets, each displaying the name of a company employee.
Reading benches, which turn into a seating bar, add to the feeling of the entire area being part of a game.
All public office spaces and hallways display framed hand drawn sketches by the company's animators, from early game development stages.
The open work space is decorated with large wallpaper displaying sketches with no borders, going from the walls to the ceiling, while the writing on the wall states: "stretch your mind".