Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities. With the growth of the Armenian economy, Yerevan has undergone major transformation. Much construction has been done throughout the city since the early 2000s, and retail outlets such as restaurants, shops, and street cafés, which were rare during Soviet times, have multiplied and Armenia’s intensively growing IT community is no exception!
BigBek is an Armenian software development company located in Yerevan’s Soviet era automotive manufacturing plant called ErAZ (Erevanskiy Avtomobilny Zavod) now being transformed into office spaces. The office space is designed by snkh studio.
The challenge for the architects was to create an open workspace for up to 30 employees with only 177 square meters. Aside from the work area, a lounge zone, a small kitchen and a meeting room were also on the list.
snkh studio were tasked to design the space and decided to keep the current area as is without any divisions/partitions separating the functional zones and used optical barriers as an approach to the challenge by playing with bright colors and geometrical shapes that brings the office space to life.
Minimal lighting was chosen by the architects for the space, using cross-like 1.5m long LED tubes scattered on the space that somewhat interconnect with the interiors.
Photographed by: Sona Manukyan & Ani Avagyan
Architects in Charge: Ashot Snkhchyan, Arminé Snkhchyan, Meri Gevorgian
Manufacturers: Armstrong, Cut Art, Prof Al