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Agata Kurzela Studio’s Creative Makeover of AD Government Office

Transforming Heritage Spaces with Creative Archeology and Modern Design Solutions

Courtesy of Agata Kurzela Studio, AD Government Office

The AD Government Office, a project by Agata Kurzela Studio, is situated under an undulating roof on the last level of a heritage building. Initially designed for a government body overseeing public projects, the space also hosts workshops and exhibitions. A significant challenge was accommodating fluctuating office occupancy due to varying numbers of external consultants.

The project focused on rediscovering the building’s architectural qualities and clarity, utilizing creative archeology to establish logic within the space. This involved adding volumes that honored the building’s architectural proportions while reflecting the organization’s mission, blending forward-looking elements with Emirati heritage.

Courtesy of Agata Kurzela Studio
Courtesy of Agata Kurzela Studio

The project expanded to include flexible working areas, a boardroom, library, prayer rooms, and hot-desking zones. To accommodate these additions, functional platforms interconnected by staircases were vertically incorporated. Notable features include volumes near the entrance made of mild steel, echoing the exhibition level’s aesthetic and housing meeting lounges and prayer rooms.

Courtesy of Agata Kurzela Studio
Courtesy of Agata Kurzela Studio

The design embraced irregular shapes, introducing a nesting system for pantry tables and reconfigurable modules for flexible use. Furniture and structures allow for easy rearrangement to accommodate varying team sizes and projects. Advanced elements like switchable glass glazing and LED light strings by Davide Groppi enhance functionality and ambiance.

Courtesy of Agata Kurzela Studio
Courtesy of Agata Kurzela Studio

The client’s focus on human values guided the user-centric and culturally responsive design. The space maximizes daylight while promoting flexibility and collaboration. Acoustics were carefully considered, and local materials and artisans were utilized whenever possible to support the community and minimize environmental impact.

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