Project Spotlight: Say Studio designs Hewlett Packard’s new office at the Innovation Hub27 Oct. 2020
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, founded in 2015, is one of the world’s leading providers of technology solutions customers need to optimize traditional information technology. As part of Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s long-term business strategy in the UAE, HPE invested in Dubai with a new location for its Middle East headquarters in the Innovation Hub in Dubai Media City.
The new office designed by SAY Studio and completed in August 2019, occupies roughly 25,000 sq ft, accommodating a range of spaces including open plan desking, focus rooms, meeting and collaboration spaces showcasing HPE’s latest technologies. In addition, other feature areas focus on employee wellness such as break-out areas, e-clubs and coffee zones. A workplace designed on the pillars of a community. The office is an inspiring workplace for employees and customers, and has become a hub for innovation and technology, advancing the way people live and work. Designed on the premise of HPE’s ethos of “empowering our people”, the space enhances the bonds between staff through the sense of community where people connect through nature, socialization, rest and mindfulness, exercise, play and nourishment.
Unconventionally, guests arriving to the floor are welcomed by a café rather than a traditional reception, where staff can connect with each other and their guests over a cup of coffee. The journey into the customer suite highlights the games room, the gym, and the healthy meeting room featuring treadmills, a deliberate decision to showcase to guests how HPE prioritize their staff’s health and wellness. The boardroom without a boardroom table, breaks down any boundaries where everyone can gather around in a circle, like a united tribe. The potential success of any project is established early on by working with a client closely. Initial workshop sessions were held between the Global Real Estate team and the design team to understand the HPE brand, ways of working, and company ethos.
Additional sessions were then held with the end user staff to further understand how the local team were currently working and how they would like to work. These sessions also identified that the team wanted the office to represent how they see their colleagues as an extension of their own family. The office features several other opportunities where people can come together as a community. Staff can play foosball or video games in the games room, but this area also flooded with natural light, has a community herb garden. The E-Club breakout space features a large presentation space that can be opened to accommodate all 300 staff for town halls or events at one time, which also results in considerable savings for the company.
HPE is proud to consider their staff’s family members as part of their extended family. A family area within the office where staff can hang their own family’s photos as a reminder that they are all one community. The working environment incorporates the latest ways of working, from open-plan working on 120-degree stations, to agile meeting rooms, phone booths, and several collaboration areas. Set away from the open plan area, the quiet working zone is intended as a silent haven where people can engage in focused work. The mindfulness zone introduces several quiet rooms intended for respite from the workday. HPE recognizes that employees work better when given a chance to recharge, and as such a nap room is tucked away in the quietest part of the office.
HPE also wanted their office to display elements of local heritage. This was incorporated through the inspiration of Islamic gardens, intended for rest, reflection, and contemplation. A major focus of Islamic gardens was to provide a sensory experience. As such, we chose to incorporate several planting elements throughout the space – whether on the walls, ceiling, or large trees through the open plan areas. A united tribe, where members of the community can eat, work, relax, play together. The new Middle East headquarter office is a space to support staff built on the principles of human-centric design, where people want to go every day to work, socialize and collaborate.
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