Oriented Fibres office in Ecuador features Pantone blue walls and pine wood shelves

Architects Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones have inserted a pine wood and glass shelving inside the Pantone blue, compact office interiors for Mendotel in Guayaquil.

by Jincy Iype Published on : Jul 07, 2020

Local architects Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones have designed the flexible open plan interiors for Oriented Fibres' office for Mendotel, a technology services company in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The architects have created a floor to ceiling, pine and glass shelf with angular windows that sits inside the classic blue, compact office as a fresh interior façade, providing privacy as well as connecting the space visually.

Inside Fibras Orientadas (Oriented Fibres) office in Guayaquil, Ecuador | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
Inside Fibras Orientadas (Oriented Fibres) office in Guayaquil, Ecuador Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio

Mendotel needed a workspace and meeting area near its main office of conventional operation that consists of a reception desk, waiting area, hallways and sealed interior spaces. Oriented Fibres has been designed as a minimal workspace for their staff without the space and function of customer service. The office design includes minimal workstations and a place to attend customers sporadically, along with a small private cafeteria and bathroom. The number of permanent office users has been fixed to four people, with 20 sqm useful area for each.

Office Workspace | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
Office Workspace Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio
Workstation | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
Workstation Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio

“The main purpose of the project was to design a completely flexible space for the new requirements the client presented, which led to the study of its possible spatial occupation as a starting point. The work dynamics were analysed, getting as a result, an office and sales location with different levels of privacy,” inform the architects.  

The office interiors are rendered in Pantone blue, pine wood and coloured lacquered wood | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
The office interiors are rendered in Pantone blue, pine wood and coloured lacquered wood Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio

With an 80 sqm built area, Andrade and Váscones have inserted a “reticulated shelf” within Fibras Orientadas that separates the interiors into two regions with varied privacy levels – the production area which comprises workstations and meeting spaces, and service spaces that include showroom, bathroom and cafeteria bar. The two walled shelf is made from 19 x 9cm of planked pine wood, with a simple system of dowels and white glue, along with OSB partition boards that sit at right angles to the walls. Accessed by sliding doors, the space inside has white chairs and wooden workspace desks, along with storage cabinets, while the shelf's grid design hosts spaces to keep office supplies and tiny potted plants.

The reticulated glass and pine wood shelving | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
The reticulated glass and pine wood shelving Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio

The interior design is swathed in pine wood and coloured lacquered wood, with repeated, geometric episodes of Pantone Colour of the Year 2020, a vibrant blue that creates a pop contrast to the plain white, grey and light pine wood backgrounds within Oriented Fibres. Blue is corporate yet warm; it's tone is somber yet lively at the same time. “The colour was useful to divide the spaces, with blue symbolising the services center: cafeteria bar, bathroom; and the target for work and production areas,” says Andrade and Váscones.

The angular pine window opened against the blue door | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
The angular pine window opened against the blue door Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio
Cabinets and sink painted in two shades of blue | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
Cabinets and sink painted in two shades of blue Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio

Two shades of painted blue demarcate the cabinets and sink area adjacent to the glass and pine wood shelf. A suave reading and sitting area is also painted blue at angles, along with an alcove and curved door. The ceiling installations are left exposed, while the flooring is done with cement and a layer of sealant. Small potted indoor plants sit at vacant areas throughout the Oriented Fibres, adding specks of greenery and freshness amid the white and blue.

Blue divides the office space visually  | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
Blue divides the office space visually Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio
Potted plants inside Oriented Fibres | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
Potted plants inside Oriented Fibres Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio

“The design and functional dynamics in the interior spaces are articulated by the utilitarian furniture that expands from the shelf, a set of fixed tables, storage units and sliding doors that make its purpose more flexible. The materiality, manufacturing methods and construction were devised particularly for the type of execution that the project should achieve,” the architects add.

The angular blue painted sitting area | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
The angular blue painted sitting area Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio
View of the workstations | Fibras Orientadas interior office designed by Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones | STIRworld
View of the workstations Image Credit: Courtesy of JAG Studio

Project Details

Name: Fibras Orientadas (Oriented Fibres)
Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Built Area: 80 sqm
Year of completion: 2020
Architect: Juan Alberto Andrade and María José Váscones
Collaborators: Cuqui Rodriguez

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