Unilever Offices – Zurich

  • Client Unilever,
  • size 25,300 sqft
  • Year 2012
  • Location Zurich, Switzerland,
  • Industry Manufacturing,
  • The last couple weeks have been full of discussion on hotdesking, whether or not is is worth it, and even seeing an example of it at the Microsoft Amsterdam Offices. Today we’re going to be looking at Unilever, which has adopted a similar, but more expansive workplace philosophy known as Agile Working – otherwise known as work from anywhere, whenever you want, as long as you get your work done.

    Camenzind Evolution helped Unilever develop a workplace in Switzerland that is well-suited to their agile working goals. Camenzind has also completed project for Google in Moscow, Zurich, and Stockholm, as well as for Credit-Swisse.

    The design of the switzerland space is meant to give ample room for productivity in all forms; small and large meetings, individual work, collaborative projects, and teleconferencing. Teleconferencing has play an important role in maintaining face-to-face relationships throughout the company’s global workforce.

    As with hotdesking, employees in this agile work environment are not assigned specific workstations, which among other benefits can help reduce real estate overhead. In Unilever’s case, by around 40% [1].

    The space’s bright colors and bold patterns give it a vibrant and living feeling, as opposed to many other stoic designs we’ve seen. Some of the conference spaces are adorned with company brands like Ragu, Omo, or Heartbrand, while other spaces are given company mottos for inspiration.

    Design: Evolution Design