Prva Group is an insurance holding based in Ljubljana, Slovenia which owns and manages five subsidiary companies in the Balkan region. Kragelj was approached by Prva’s representatives to lead a workplace design project for their new headquarters building in Ljubljana.
The primary challenge for the project was to design a work environment that promotes connectivity and collaboration within different departments. Therefore, every aspect of this project was carefully planned and executed with the goal to boost the team's morale and productivity. We also needed to design a floor layout that was flexible enough to support the team expansion in the next few years.
To execute these wishes we all office spaces on one floor and tore down most of the walls in the inner section to bring in more light. This solution freed up space to create reception, several conference rooms, and a cafeteria. It provided new functionality for the central part which is now the main entrance and serves as one of the prime socializing spots.
This new arrangement offers a variety of work settings for their team, from activity-based rooms to more quiet meeting spaces. Due to client wishes, we created a partially open area and separated different departments by both glass barriers and individual offices.
One of the functions of smaller more intimate offices is also sound insulation. By incorporating wood frames in our design, we were able to block out any unwanted noises from the company's common rooms and a busy street nearby.
We paid a lot of attention to the functionality and ambiance of the common areas and meeting rooms. They are bright, spacious and have many natural elements. Besides wooden acoustic frames, we also used wood when designing our phone booths and smaller meeting spaces. We filled them with greenery to reduce stress levels and improve air quality, blending nicely with our warm and natural color palette.