Located at the 5th floor of the office building Centro Europa in a dynamic part of Santurce, is the renovated offices for SIMED medical Insurance company. The project is conceived as a modern approach to office life with refreshing new materials and modern lighting and furniture. Sparks of colors and interesting textures harmonize with the pure solid planes, the strict suspension grids and the stern look of the exposed structural and mechanical systems.
Areas determined for gathering or circulation use the same language of texturized vinyl floors, exposed ceilings and suspended ceiling systems as floating planes, complemented by modern furniture.
Specific portions of this project were reused as requested by the owner. Some existing gypsum board walls were reused and complemented with glass partitions. Data rooms finishes were refurbished and most of the A/C ducts were reused and some portions relocated for esthetic's purposes.
Part of the essence of the project relies on the use of glass partitions to permit natural illumination to flood into the open-plan work areas while giving a fresh touch to the offices. One of the most interesting challenge in the project was to incorporate the use of exposed ceiling. The space would benefit from the additional height, giving a feeling of openness. This would liberate the plenum area in strategic places while interacting with ceiling planes that vary in height and materials, allowing the transition to different spaces.