The client brief presented to DeMicoli and Associates was to create a stimulating, corporate and fun place to work at Vodafone Malta. The direction/philosophy for all Vodafone Malta commercial office designs has specific goals, such as to improve efficiency, reduce office space and waste. These aspects affect the architectural planning choices whilst continuing themes of connectivity, fluidity and design.
The key to a creative and stimulating environment is the unhindered allowance for freedom of expression. This architectural concept was explored through a series of spatial nodes and elements - the break-out areas, the reception and the café. The break-out areas can be described as creative spatial pockets scattered around the open floor space. These spaces are all themed and are used to sub-divide the office into smaller zones. The cafeteria’s architectural language consists of a multifunctional wall which adapts its form according to the immediate function required by the space it occupies. It channels people into and through the café, it wraps around the walls and service elements creating a clean finish. In open areas where trajectory blends into space, the wall restrains its tempo to become benches for places of rest and social banter.
The main driving concept for the Vodafone Malta greeting area was to have a clean and fairly minimal space which allowed visitors to engage directly with the hardware. A series of glowing tubes, with Kubrick-esque undertones, display the latest model of smart phone in a semi-ecclesiastical celebration of technology and innovation. The phone displays are interconnected through a system of angular backlit panels. The main focal point was the reception desk which was designed as a metamorphosis of the iconic Vodafone logo. Anchored through the raised floor and down to the slab, the desk has a 2.5 metre cantilever and is made of an MDF core and fibre glass reinforcing shell. It is meant to symbolise Vodafone Malta’s dynamism and strive for innovation.
The reception desk and café fin walls were modelled using Rhinoceros. This project highlighted the importance and introduction of such machines into the architect’s workflow. It is a crucial moment in the history of architecture as the role of the computer moves beyond a piece of hardware that automates a linear workflow to an integrated process of computation, simulation and fabrication.