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Ecom Coffee, CIRCOLO-A designs the new offices in Genoa



CIRCOLO-A, the architecture studio led by Simone Ierardi, has recently completed the new office space for Ecom, the Swiss multinational among the global leaders in green coffee trading.

The company’s new offices span 250 square meters on the third floor of Palazzo Giulio Pallavicini in Piazza De Ferrari, situated in the commercial, economic, and financial hub of the city of Genoa, in Italy. Although the building is surrounded by grand neoclassical buildings and faces the dignified forms of the Teatro Carlo Felice, the spatial construction derived from the renovation is free from any historicism.

The composition is light, with an airy language. The areas that structure the intervention interpenetrate and hybridize, the use of color is crucial to create a cheerful and stimulating environment.

The open space, the heart of the office, has been divided into three functional areas: the dining area, the relaxation area and the meeting room. The relaxation area, characterized by a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere, with warm colors and comfortable furniture, has been designed to allow employees to rest or work informally. Alongside the open space is the operational area, distributed across two rooms and equipped with groups of workstations for a total of twenty people. The structure of the desks, custom-designed and made of powder-coated iron, extends seamlessly to the ceiling, invisibly accommodating the wiring.

Colorful glass and wood partitions, custom-made, divide the space without obstructing the flow of natural light and allowing interaction between the functional areas. These elements, along with the desk frames, establish a delicate geometric structuring of the main environments, complementing the preserved wall partitions.

The lighting has been carefully designed for optimal visual comfort: artificial lighting is provided by LED lamps, ensuring uniform and comfortable illumination, while natural light, mainly from windows facing the square and exposed to the southeast, traverses the entire space thanks to the new glass partitions.

Finally, indoor plants, widely distributed throughout various areas of the Ecom office, enhance the contrast with the austere urban environment, contributing to the creation of a natural, human environment.