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Nokia's innovative office in Istanbul

17. 05. 2023 Wednesday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

The Finnish technology company Nokia commissioned the architecture firm Yalin Tan & Partners to design its new office in Istanbul, Turkiye. The city that connects two continents is the perfect location for an office that prides itself on marrying its minimalistic brand identity with its rich local culture.

Architects Yalin Tan & Partners had a clear proposition when they were asked to design Nokia's new office: combine modern Istanbul with the brand's Finnish heritage, but do so with the employee experience at the center. To achieve this from the ground up and ensure the building meets its own and Nokia's sustainability standards, Yalin Tan & Partners worked with a global flooring manufacturer and head of sustainability interface to find the right impression flooring solution.

It was important to Nokia that the Scandinavian simplicity on which its brand identity was based did not create a cold environment for employees. Protecting the health and well-being of the teams was key for the company, so the design team created a workplace with a diverse mix of zones for different types of work that employees could customize to their individual needs.

Scandinavian design has always favored a minimalist, clean aesthetic, and Nokia's design philosophy is no different, consistently producing sleek, simple styles with powerful, innovative technology. The design team used this philosophy as the basis for the design, and such a low-key background allows employees to add their own personalities and ways of working to the space. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to well-being in the workplace, as what calms and focuses some may stimulate others. Catering to diversity means offering people open spaces and making it clear what each zone aims to support. The meeting and breakout spaces at Nokia's new headquarters move away from the global corporate style to a more residential, Turkish-inspired aesthetic that allows employees to feel at home in their work environment.

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