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Office for Genesis, designed by ZIKZAK Architects, a space for flexible work and enthusiasm

Project name:
Genesis office
Architecture firm:
ZIKZAK Architects
Kyiv, Ukraine
Max Artbovich
Principal architect:
O. Konoval and A. Trofimenko
Design team:
A. Trofimenko, O. Kiyanko, T. Panamarenko K. Yaroshenko G. Tynkaliuk, Y. Karakozov
Decor and plants: Altano Outdoor Concept, Outdoor Furniture Store
Built area:
2500 m²
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Interior design:
ZIKZAK Architects
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Tools used:
Company Genesis
Commercial › Office

The top co-founding IT company Genesis collaborated with ZIKZAK Architects to develop the design of their office. According to the client, each company employee is in a process of continuous rapid development and requires daily improvement of skills to not fall behind the set pace. The team needed a workspace that would stimulate forward movement and promote work efficiency.

The spacious office with an area of 2500 sq.m combines innovation of modern solutions with minimalist design. The interior design of Genesis features industrial elements and minimalism. Natural materials, natural shades, and greenery are combined with contrasting and bright accents. The use of black elements in furniture and lighting adds clarity to the geometry of the space, promoting concentration and facilitating navigation within the premises. A bright, sunny yellow, repeated in the design of the walls in the transit zone, lighting fixtures, and showers, adds liveliness and a vibrant mood to the space for refocusing.

The office has a cabinet system layout, which is rather an exception to the trend of recent customer requests. The core of the space is an accent branded reception area, from which a transit zone leads with working and service premises lined up along it. But instead of a classic corridor, the designers created a diverse transit environment, divided into segments of the path. Since the company has a branching number of different subdivisions, there was a need to divide the space into teams. The working cabinet zones in the Genesis office have also been rethought. Here, each of them is like a small open space. The designers mixed two typologies: cabinet and open space, taking the best from each. Separate working premises were allocated for the company's management. All areas are arranged in such a way that corresponds to the company's business processes and accelerates communication between departments. The layout decision achieved maximum natural lighting in each of the working zones. The designers decided to recess the entrances to the cabinets so that the doors did not open onto the corridor, thus further maximizing the space optimization.

The meeting rooms impress with their variety of design. You can choose any based on your mood: a conservative minimalist gray one or a neighboring accent one with cobalt blue decoration. The walls of some are decorated with illustrations with a creative idea: some of them are funny youth graffiti, while others are ironic references to magnificent frescoes. Employees are given a wide selection based on their mood and the nature of the work meeting. For convenience during brainstorming and creativity sessions in meeting rooms and open spaces, marker coatings are used on the walls so that any bold idea can be immediately recorded and demonstrated to the team.

There is a very spacious modern kitchen in the office with different seating areas, a coffee point, and all the necessary kitchen equipment to have a tasty and comfortable lunch break. There is also a small dining area, designed like a cozy restaurant. Therefore, in the question of where to have lunch in the office, employees have a choice. This contributes to increasing employee satisfaction and, as a result, their productivity.

Attractive lounges are designated for relaxation and refocusing. They are highlighted with a wooden wall rail and a green soft carpet among other zones. This design replicates the effect of relaxation in nature, among trees on a cozy lawn, so that even without leaving the office, employees have the opportunity to refocus from work tasks and regenerate during breaks.

The Genesis office has implemented the latest smart technologies, including mobile workstations, facial recognition and collaborative systems, and smart lighting. The innovative lighting solutions promote employee comfort and energy efficiency within the building. The design of the light fixtures continues the established aesthetic, complementing the industrial edge in a minimalist design. Sound-absorbing panels help to reduce echo in large spaces, and their thoughtful design emphasizes the overall aesthetic concept. Stylish signs with convenient navigation carefully guide both employees and guests of the company.

The new Genesis office is an innovative and modern space for effective work in comfortable conditions, where each employee has options for choice and maximum potential for productive work. The space has been realized and the team is already actively working in it.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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