Terrafertil Headquarter Offices by Aaron Leppanen and Veronica Burbano

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Terrafertil

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Headquarter Offices

INSPIRATION:
The architectural concept is to promote nature s rich and diverse characteristics through the spatial components. The client wanted a close relationship between the company s motto and the design concept that guided the process and decisions. The strategy was to take inspiration from the organic growth which one finds in nature. Such as, the way that trees and their fruits integrate themselves organically through their natural setting, the harmonious dynamism of blooming and ripening.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The relationship between the workplace and physical environment was exploited by using the company s motto, natural and healthy products from origin. These unique offices are composed of a mix of open and closed spaces that take inspiration from the organic growth which one finds in nature. A system of organic draping wood forms were created to mimic nature s organic growth and define space. This composition makes the project more than an office, it becomes a place of experimentation.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The office design prioritizes the flow and feeling of its users, it simulates a walk through the country, the design was meant to bring the outside in. The wooden boxes gather people together, imposing and dividing the space, creating privacy and hierarchy. The interior design is inspired in the brand's logo, products and colors. The textiles, wallpaper and furniture used were custom and were meant to bring light, color and form resembling a prairie. The space is in constant transformation, from a collaborative space to a closed working space, this equilibrium makes the space perform in dynamism.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2016 and was completed on May 2019, in Quito-Ecuador.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The key in achieving the polygonal forms designed to separate the different interior spaces was the use of 663 custom CNC wood panels with a steel frame structure. To contrast the warmth feeling of the office, as designers we decided to use concrete and drywall. The custom made stainless steel kitchen was fabricated in an artisanal workshop, which specializes in a welding technique for smooth filleted corners. Every detail in the office was custom fabricated.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The office has an area of 350 square meters on one floor. It is composed of two types of workspaces, open workstations, and private offices. The main areas in the office are the two meeting rooms, the waiting area, and the lobby, which are covered with a custom CNC wooden structure made out of 663 French Oak panels. This structure conceptualizes nature which is the heart of the brand Terrafertil.

TAGS:
Nature , Draping , Paneling , Interior , Growth

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Inspired by the client's brand, the recurring concept of the design was nature. The exploration of different types of materials and construction methods to attain the desired form was a recurring task throughout the project. Through the building of mock ups and extensive parametric script research, the polygonal forms that act as space creators were achieved. After the digital design was completed the work done with contractors was a key collaboration to fabricate, plan, bring on site and assemble the pieces inside of a functioning building.

CHALLENGE:
Our main challenge was finding a suitable technology to fabricate the parametric triangular steel frame structure and wood panels. In Ecuador, CNC and 3D printing machines are at a very early stage. The manufacturers are developing the necessary skills to fully understand how to translate from digital design to the real scale world.

ADDED DATE:
2020-03-30 21:30:25

TEAM MEMBERS (10) :
Creative Director Veronica Burbano de Lara:, Creative Director Camila Burbano de Lara:, Lead Architect Aaron Leppanen:, Lead Architect Gabriela Anker:, Project Manager Ana Belen Acurio:, Architect Caroline Dieden:, Architect Sofía Chávez:, Architect Kevin Aragón:, Architect Carolina Rodríguez: and Architect Janina Sánchez:

IMAGE CREDITS:
PHOTOS: BICUBIK
VIDEO: Spintacorp

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Terrafertil

PROFILE:
The client, Natures Heart, is an Ecuadorian plant based health food retail company that seeks the wellbeing and health of their clients. Nature’s Heart also benefits the communities who grow their ingredients and the ecosystems that support them. They're committed to working with our community of farmers in the ways that matter most. They distribute to over 60 countries, a wide range of superfoods and dried fruits making it the biggest health food distributor in the country. They currently have three big production plants and they distribute their products in grocery shops and small stores worldwide. Insolito is an Ecuadorian-based lifestyle brand inspired by the fluidity of patterns. Built on the foundation of bold graphics, rich colors, strong design and versatility they take their global perspective to create artful designs they tailor to their clients. The result: fresh, free and flexible projects, where the brand merges with the client to bring to life the unexpected. Home and textile products, personally designed to fit the space and the concept. Insólito has been commissioned for custom furniture, the design or interiors for both residential and commercial spaces along with home accessories. Leppanen Anker specializes in creating architectural spaces that consider the needs of their clients, under their economic, environmental, cultural and contextual influences. The aim of the design office is to generate creative answers with the latest technology available for the comfort of its customers, design and construction. Has a strong interest in developing spatial experiences through a merger of contextual, cultural, sustainable and formal influences. Creating evolution studies with parametric parameters and applying them to construction techniques.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Terrafertil Headquarter Offices by Aaron Leppanen and Veronica Burbano is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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Terrafertil Headquarter Offices by Aaron Leppanen and Veronica Burbano is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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