"Our teams didn't hesitate to "move in" so that they could dedicate themselves entirely to the project and speed up the process."
The premises that won over Electra are nestled on rue de Richelieu, in the heart of Paris's 2nd arrondissement. Just a stone's throw from the Richelieu-Drouot metro station, the Palais Garnier and the iconic Boulevard Haussmann, Electra's head office looks down on the hustle and bustle of Paris from the 6th and 7th floors of this charming building. Environmental responsibility was central to reclaiming the site. We wanted the atmosphere of the premises and the history of its design to be imbued with Electra's tenet: the energy of change. Giving a second life not only to Electra, but to the existing materials that have made the building what it is today. It's an apt analogy, and one that has informed our sensitive approach to the entire project. The carpets were reused, old materials were recycled through dedicated channels, and furniture that wasn't reused was donated to employees.
"We wanted the atmosphere of the premises and the history of its design to be imbued with Electra's tenet: the energy of change."
A second approach guided our thinking and our choices: to create offices which represent the staff, bringing warmth to the place. The open-plan aspect of the worktops allowed us to bring in light and create a feeling of gentle openness. Different decorating techniques and a selection of organic or raw materials then enabled us to reinforce the 'Home Sweet Home' atmosphere of the workspaces. Parquet flooring was installed for warmth, while plants, sideboard-style furniture, carpets and subdued lighting created intimacy. The idea was to reinvent the dreary aspect of the office, with its endless grey carpets and drab false ceilings, and turn the office into a "living" space.
The 7th floor, dedicated to welcoming visitors and fostering collective intelligence, boasts a boardroom with huge bay windows and offers a bird's-eye view of the breathtaking beauty of Paris. On the 6th floor, we have dedicated hybrid spaces combining open planning and relaxation areas to best adapt to the spontaneous uses of employees.
"Factory reinvented the dreary aspect of the office, with its endless grey carpets and drab false ceilings, and turned the office into a "living" space."
Just six weeks of design and two and a half months of work enabled us to respond perfectly to Electra's requirements, without compromising the quality of deliverables that characterises Factory's production standards. In this age of remote working, we're proud to have inspired Electra's employees to return to the physical office. The offices delighted our employees, and aroused a touch of jealousy in those who are still working remotely.