Attracting international technology talent
Swisscom needed to compete in the war for talent within the IT industry, to attract and retain the best tech talent from around the world. The goal was to create the coolest DevOps center office at the World Trade Center in the heart of Rotterdam. The new office workplace had to make employees of 38 different nationalities love coming to work and also feel at home.
Designing the interior was a challenge, due to the iconic oval shape of the World Trade Center building in Rotterdam. The large oval core in the centre of the building, creates office floors that are limited in depth. Defining functions in an interior, such as ‘traffic spaces’, are already determined in the WTC. Yet we managed to deviate from the standard.
We moved the traffic area and the flex workplaces to the facade. This allows everyone to marvel at the amazing view of Rotterdam. In the core of the building we placed the closed areas, such as meeting rooms. This is exactly the opposite of how technology and work area installations within the World Trade Center building are normally laid out. But we achieved it!
Swisscom’s corporate identity consists of organic shapes which we used in the pantry, the light lines and the curved glass of the meeting rooms. The organically shaped space, in combination with lots of green, not only creates a stylish office, but also a place where people feel comfortable. View the space in action External Link.
An office space for employees to feel at home in
"We are excited to open the 3rd floor at World Trade Center (WTC) Rotterdam and keep building up the coolest DevOps Center in Europe. Our office space is not only meant as a working place but also as a second home for our colleagues from all over the world."
Quentin Lopes Cardozo
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The pandemic has reshaped the equilibrium between people, technology, offices and their organization. The new dynamics that arised from the traditional pillars of work should be explored, while also evaluating the opportunities and risks for both organizations and employees.Sophie Schuller • 16/09/2022