Address: Warschau Brewery, Warsaw, Poland
Sector: Retail & Consumer goods
Architect: TRZOP ARCHITEKCI
The French consumer goods group L’Oréal, headquartered in Paris, is the largest cosmetics manufacturer in the world. In the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world's largest companies, L’Oréal ranked 207th in the 2017 financial year. Founded in 1909, the company looks back on a long tradition and today generates total sales of EUR 22.53 billion with its 77,500 employees in over 130 countries worldwide. In the 2018 financial year, the company achieved a stock market value of over USD 134 billion.
The new headquarters of L'Oréal in Poland is located in the Warsaw Brewery, a building marked by striking architecture – both inside and out. The vision of the world’s largest cosmetics group “Beauty all around” was translated into space comprising over 6,000 m² on four floors. Bene has implemented an innovative office concept in close collaboration with the renowned Trzop Architekci architectural firm, which covers all zones and areas for the different spatial needs of the employees. Always in focus: efficiency, comfort and the health of the employees. The group's dynamic character and its internationality can also be felt in the new head office in Warsaw.
Bene furnished almost 500 modern workstations, including Lift Desks that support ergonomic work. Cosy communication zones between the team work areas equipped with PARCS Toguna, Causeways, Wing Chairs and Sofas invite you to relax and exchange ideas in informal atmosphere. A special feature: employees can choose from more than 40 conference rooms of different sizes and settings fitted out with Bene’s FILO, Slope and TIMBA furniture to find the ideal space for their meetings. In this way, teamwork is optimally supported. Open work islands with TIMBA Table and Stools offer space for temporary project work in various team constellations. Intelligent acoustic solutions with ceiling and wall panels as well as green plants create a feeling of quiet and intimacy in the open zones.
Agile and dynamic working methods are not only made possible but also promoted by the diverse range of space available. The hub for communication in the office is the cafeteria, which boasts a large island table as its centrepiece, from which to take in the inspiring panorama. It is the social heart of the office and an ideal spot for staff to meet for informal meetings in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Arches are a recurring motif of the office’s interior. This design element is repeated in many different variations, imitating modern arcades and underlining the elegance and modernity of the L’Oréal brand. It is reminiscent of the international group’s French roots and, at the same time, creates a connection between the architectural elements of the building, the Warsaw Brewery, and its interior design. Here, interior design meets exterior design. Open ceilings with visible light installations and glass walls with sleek separation systems underline the industrial character of the building.
L’Oréal wanted to explore and expand with a focus on collaborative and innovative spaces that make workplaces more flexible and inspire creativity. Interior design with spirit and content conveys the company’s long-respected charm and image of timeless elegance.”
Guillaume Touzé, Project Manager L´Oréal
Design is being redefined by sustainability. The main goal was to take care of the L’Oréal community, focus on the well-being of people, their habits and needs. The consistency of the applied solutions reflects it’s essential to connect people together.
Bartosz Trzop, the founder and CEO of Trzop Architekci
Photographer: Przemysław Niecki Pion Studio