Architecture & Art Direction - Paris & Kigali
GUILLAUME SARDIN
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The Office Rw - Interior

Interior design for the 1st co-working space in Rwanda

 

- The Office Rw -

The Office Rw is the first co-working space in Rwanda. Founded in October 2012, The Office offers affordable and flexible space for the Start-ups and Freelancers in Kigali.

 

Story

We were approached to create a peaceful and flexible office space than could accommodate the different types of users, encourage cross-creativity , host private event.

 

 

name The Office
program Interior Design, art direction
location Kigali, Rwanda
size 150 sqm

year 2013

The starting point of the Design of The Office Rw was to source locally the materials and man power. Design has to impact the local economy.
Lobby Sign

Lobby Sign

Solution

 The Challenge was to define space while being evolutive. Our design is flexible, with movable partition walls and offers a peaceful work-environment.

The space feature a triple hinged door, custom made by a Rwandan Metal worker. The door dramatically change the all interior. When close, it defined a professional look with a massive umuvure table. When open, The Office Rw can be turned into an exhibition space or can be used for press conference.

To complete the experience, we have design custom-made benches and day-bed and we have been touring Rwanda to find antique pieces like vintage mortars and locally made pots and European flea-market.

Subtle and local, the interior design for the Office is centred around a clean color and material palettes. Made-in-Rwanda bricks, dark and brigh wood and natural cotton fabrics. 

Floorplan

Floorplan

The Waiting area with a carpenter box as a coffee table

The Waiting area with a carpenter box as a coffee table

Wall-art in the working area. "The True Size of Africa" , made of reclaimed metal sheet

Wall-art in the working area. "The True Size of Africa" , made of reclaimed metal sheet

Kitchen area with umuvure table top and French antiques

Kitchen area with umuvure table top and French antiques

The Office Lobby, with a Rwandan antique mortar

The Office Lobby, with a Rwandan antique mortar

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