See what I see
For the new corporate headquarters of IPEVO Inc, the industry leader in education technology, XRANGE designs a vibrant, high contrast color blocking interior in green, white and black with multiple plays on visual perceptions in homage to the company’s document cameras for teaching or demos and their concept driven by the phrase “see what I see.” In the space, expanses of turf hovers in metal mesh and a logo fragmented into space, alongside elements that reverse weight and depth expectations.
At the lobby, the corporate logo is fragmented and dispersed onto windows, doors and walls of meeting rooms at the far end of the space, its entirety only visible from one specific spot at the reception desk. A blackboard wall provides a changing canvas for the company’s products and user stories, its white display shelves are actually the company name in the form of morse code, another play on perception.
A central green box encloses the staff kitchen and service areas to mark the communal core. The green enclosure is created by sandwiching turf between expanded metal sheets which are used as both structure and “frame” for the turf; a paper thin effect that floats the turf aloft. The floating turf, a large built-in planter box for real trees, clerestory shelves for artificial foliage and glass tables supported by real tree trunks together created a mixture of real and perceived green aura that surrounds this central space. Here, the dining tables and a heavy, raw timber bar table rests on “ghosted” metal mesh supports. At the far end of this space, the prototyping area is cordoned off with translucent industrial strip curtain typically used in warehouses.
In the CEO office is the Shelf of Cards, a unique furniture piece designed by XRANGE made of wood fibers impregnated with organic coloring agents. The Shelf of Cards can be reconfigured into various profile combinations that can be horizontal or at an angle. An elongated, vertical painting nook turns out to be a secret space that houses a private changing room and meditation space.