Creating an ideal working environment that not only meets the aesthetic requirements of the client, but also supports employees in terms of their health is a real challenge. People spend a significant part of the day in offices and great demands are placed on the performance of their eyesight. However, modern companies also emphasize that their offices look original and go hand in hand with their visions and corporate culture. Recently, this difficult task had to be dealt with by the management of the Czech branch of Booking.com. Founded in 1996 in Amsterdam, this international company now employs over 17,500 people in two hundred offices in 70 countries around the world. In Prague, the company moved to the new address Na Příkopě 14, which it will serve the Czech and Slovak markets. The new offices have an area of about six hundred square meters and can accommodate up to 36 employees. "The Prague offices of Booking.com combine the spirit of travelling and entertainment," adds Simona Honsková, Architect Building Consultancy of CBRE Company.
Capturing the vibe of and travel experiences from various destinations was a real challenge for the CBRE design team. We wanted to create an inspiring working environment that would not only be modern, but will also make a fresh impression on employees and visitors. The space was given an industrial look — the fittings on the walls and floors as well as lighting and furniture were carefully selected to refer to the old building. It is also worth mentioning the glass and concrete elements in light colors with a touch of warmth provided by wooden features.
The offices also include relaxation zones offering comfortable seats and a green wall along the windows, which makes this place look very relaxed. Halla took care of the lighting in most of the rooms. Office lighting is subject to strict regulations, which is why a special Labro80 luminaire system has been created that meets all of them: for example, the degree of glare (UGR) as well as light intensity and uniformity. In addition, the luminaires are equipped with a dimming system (DALI) so that the working space is pleasant for every employee. The relaxation zones are equipped with Rundo luminaires, which bring a positive and informal atmosphere to these areas. Relaxation zones are now an integral part of every larger office and are seen as a significant employee benefit. The meeting rooms are dominated by unique circular Indi luminaires designed by Matúš Opálka. They nicely complement the design of each room and give it a unique atmosphere. Ture and Ravo luminaires fit perfectly into the corridors and illuminate these navigation spaces really well. The Booking.com logo at the reception desk is very conveniently illuminated by another type of luminaire designed by Matúš Opálka — Ixyo.