UAE: Studio Two Contracting (S2) is an interior contracting firm specialising in design, fit-out and turn-key solutions. It was asked to design the new office of the commercial division of the Austrian Embassy, which was relocated from Khazna Tower to Al Wahda Tower in Abu Dhabi. The client wanted a simple but inspiring office with maximum use of daylight and a flexible space.
The project took over five weeks to complete covering 230m². The interior design was done by Hassan Sherazi, director, S2 and the site management and delivery was carried out by his business partner Amir Shah, director, S2.
“Trying to create a simple office without it looking naked and incomplete can be more challenging than to overfill it,” said Sherazi.
The main challenges for the team were relocating the oversized furniture, the number of staff in the new office and an awkward shell and core layout on a curved facade with three 1.3m diameter columns centrally located on the office floor.
Sherazi reduced the on-site project delivery time from eight weeks for the client to move in on time. “The environment offers varied views from different areas of the office, something which we set out to do with the use of simple notions of glass and white walls. We believe a good designed office energises and inspires its employees.”
S2 draws inspiration from post modernism and deconstruction architects i.e. Morphosis and Coop Himmelblau.