Gullstén-Inkinen Design & Architecture is the largest design company specialised in architectural and interior design and real estate renovation in Nordic countries. The total surface area of completed design projects during 25 years of operation is close to 1,6 million square meters and nowadays these spaces occupy 65 000 professionals.
Recently GI designed a new interior for a Russian bank SIAB. The interior design was a part of a bigger branding project. SIAB wanted to differentiate themselves from the traditional and old school banks. The new premises are modern and very different from the competing banks’ outdated offices; they give a whole new picture of the business.
When entering the offices you arrive to a large lobby area where you’ll find a VIP café and waiting area. The café and lobby form together a space that fits 50 people. The space can be used to hold business lunches or presentations. For presentations you can use the interactive video wall or the three touch screens that can be found in the space. A cool detail in the room is a fireplace integrated in the glass wall.
SIAB has many meeting rooms and they all have a different and unique theme. You’ll find themes like “Wine cellar”, “Chess”, “Golf” and “By the sea”. The “Wine cellar” has a wall sized wine cabinet; “Chess” has the chess board squares painted on the floor; in the “Golf” room you’ll find the putting green in the grass carpeting.
SIAB differs from the other Russian banks also that the offices are not just designed to please the directors but also to make the employees feel comfortable and satisfied. The work stations are ergonomically designed; there is a walk-in wardrobe and locker rooms where employees can get ready for the weekend as well as work.
Noteworthy details in the interior are the real moss wall in the toilets and a LED light swing in the corridor.