OMA Octavio Mestre Arquitectos and Elastiko design a creative and innovative space for toy company Magic Box.
The project, located in the town of Sant Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona), has a total area of 3,800m2 organized in three floors and two of underground parking. With a triangular floor plan, the new building stands out for its ceramic facade in which a series of "bites" or openings bring natural light inside the facility.
The inner spaces denote a great personality, far from conventional aesthetics, and reinforce the brand's image, thus fulfilling one of the client's requirements.
With a total area of almost 3,800 m2 organized in ground floor + 2 and two floors of underground parking, the Magic Box building has a unique triangular floor plan that arises from the geometry of the corner plot.
At the entrance, the floors are set back like a cascade around the triple-height hall and the large glazed facade is inclined as if to welcome the visitors. The building's main facades are clad with a double skin of large-format ceramic, sometimes solid, sometimes perforated, which plays with the light inside the building, creating watery effects.
"Change is the challenge. Projects are shifting, and the Magic Box headquarters has been no exception. Circumstances change, and with them the needs of clients, and we designers must continually adapt. We are very happy that the final design ends up reflecting the initial idea or essence"
Octavio Mestre, director of OMA Octavio Mestre Arquitectos
For the design process, Elastiko has collaborated closely with the Magic Box creative team, achieving an interior that reflects the creative, innovative and fun spirit of the company, incorporating elements and colors from their worlds and characters. The studio led by Iker Alzola has designed for this building diaphanous areas on all floors to convey breadth and allow visual relationships between the different interior spaces and the exterior, ideal for the new working methods. Thus, the project becomes a healthy work area that optimizes the use of natural light and prioritizes the well-being of its employees, providing optimal lighting, good acoustic design, and high quality in common and collaborative spaces.
"From the beginning clearly had in mind that the interior spaces had to respond to two principles: the creativity that characterizes the Magic Box’s worlds and characters, and the culture related to the new ways of working"
Iker Alzola, founder and director of Elastiko