Mediabrands Headquarters
Jesús Granada
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
FurnitureVitra.
Eames Plastic Armchair DAR
Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW
Aluminium Chair
Eames Meeting table
Alcove Two seater
Alcove Highback Work
Suita
Fauteuil de Salon Eames Tables Grand Repos Elliptical Table ETR Eames Plastic
ManufacturersPhilips Lighting Signify
Video Conference SystemCrestron International
CurtainsKvadrat
ManufacturersSilent Gliss International Ltd.
Cork FloorWICANDERS

Product Spec Sheet
Furniture
Eames Plastic, Elliptical Table ETR, Grand Repos, Eames Tables, Fauteuil de Salon, Suita, Alcove Highback Work, Alcove Two seater, Eames Meeting table, Aluminium Chair, Eames Plastic Side Chair DSW, Eames Plastic Armchair DAR by Vitra.
Manufacturers
Video Conference System
Curtains
by Kvadrat
Cork Floor

Mediabrands Headquarters

Ruiz Pardo & Nebreda architecture and engineering as Architects

The new Mediabrands offices in Madrid successfully tackle the unprecedented challenges facing company workplaces brought about by the pandemic. This project conceives the work environment as a catalyst for encounters prioritising user-client relationships, and fostering creativity beyond teleworking.

photo_credit Jesús Granada
Jesús Granada

Multifunctional flexibility

The company previously operated out of the first floor of Madrid's Regle building. The project entails not only an extension and integration with the ground floor, but also the creation of a patently spacious, light-flooded, fluid, and flexible, multifunctional space with an outdoor connection. This space was designed to stimulate communication and exchange through an architectural layout that allows for multiple situations simultaneously, and with different seating capacities; from small groups in meetings located in pleasant corners, to large events in which the entire lobby is connected via videoconferencing through LED screens and large-scale projectors. A massive motorised table can be raised to transform the space, while a curved curtain serves to subtly subdivide the foyer for large events calling for a degree of privacy.

photo_credit Jesús Granada
Jesús Granada

Continuously equipped enclosure

There is a continuous wooden inner envelope running around the entire perimeter, serving as fitted furnishings that adapt to the irregular shape of the floor plan. This occupation strategy maximizes the irregularly shaped free space, thus unfettered by the need for partitioning to accommodate a succession of varied activities. The inner envelope not only covers the vertical walls, but also incorporates an extensive upholstered bench, mezzanine floors, linear tables, and storage spaces, integrating screens, cafeteria equipment, workstations, and a full range of multifunctional rooms.

photo_credit Jesús Granada
Jesús Granada

Industrial, yet cozy

White vertical-slatted pinewood cladding, with a rough finish, lends a distinct and powerful material character to this enclosure. This material configuration confers continuity to the curved shapes of the furniture, and a tangible nature midway between industrial and domestic, while the white paint affords considerable luminosity. The continuity and material warmth of the wood is reinforced by a smooth cork flooring. Natural materials were chosen not only as part of a sustainable action strategy, but also to enhance the space in terms of touch and acoustics.

photo_credit Jesús Granada
Jesús Granada

The contours and materials contribute decisively to the acoustic absorption and dissipation required in such a space, without the need for additional ceiling elements. Facilities are therefore left exposed, giving them a certain industrial character, creating an interplay with the reflections of the upper aluminum envelope. The high-quality and warm furniture pieces are incorporated as an integral part of the project, providing colour counterpoints and reinforcing the domestic contrast with the industrial materiality of the bare facilities.

photo_credit Jesús Granada
Jesús Granada

Staircase as a meeting point

The project was capped off by the opening of the upper floor slab, and the connection of the ground floor level with the first floor via a wide staircase. The new staircase becomes a meeting point in itself, around which all the company's work and meeting areas pivot. By widening and lengthening its dimensions beyond the purely functional, the curved metal structure hanging from the upper slab is conceived as a meeting platform. The broad landing serves as a meeting point and internal viewpoint. It starts from a raised platform that makes it independent from its immediate surroundings, and it acts as a space for relationships and encounters.

photo_credit Jesús Granada
Jesús Granada

A new reality

Mediabrands' new Madrid offices are clearly positioned at a time when workspaces are undergoing a crisis. Digital media and telecommuting are naturally integrated as tools of a changing society, yet their work organization does not revolve around the issue. It is clearly committed to physical interaction and personal contact as values that will endure throughout time. There is therefore a clear need, more than ever, for a physical space capable of bringing together and dynamizing workplace synergies.

photo_credit Jesús Granada
Jesús Granada
photo_credit Ruiz Pardo - Nebreda
Ruiz Pardo - Nebreda
photo_credit Ruiz Pardo - Nebreda
Ruiz Pardo - Nebreda
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