Finnish design expertise has again been awarded in Russia.
Best Office Awards
It was the third time Gullstén–Inkinen Design & Architecture participated in the Best Office Awards competition. The competition awards the best office design projects in Russia in altogether 10 categories. The organizer OfficeNext is a well-known event organizer in the architecture and design fields. The award ceremony was held 16th May in the Art Play design quartier in Moscow.
This year GI was awarded first prize in the Lighting Design category with the interior design of SIAB Bank’s premium club in Saint Petersburg.
“The outside views are wonderfully framed, the use of natural materials, technology innovations and ecological theme. Nordic design principles are perfectly combined with the architecture in Saint Petersburg.”
SIAB Bank Premium Club – the idea behind the design
The idea was to create an exclusive interior design but also, as importantly, to generate dialogue between the bank and its’ clients. Themes such as “Nature”, “Wine cellar”, “Chess” and “Golf” are included in the design of the meeting rooms. The space solutions in the work area follow Nordic democratic principles instead of traditional Russian hierarchy.
The SIAB project was also nominated in the Comfort and Ergonomics and Grand Prix categories. GI won the Comfort and Ergonomics category in 2012 with the design for V Kontakte, the largest social media site in Russia, and in 2011 for the design of Nokia’s HQ in Moscow. This year there was 100 projects that entered the competition and a new category Best International Project was introduced. Year by year the number of participants, as well as the reputation has grown. GI is one of the most successful companies to ever participate in the competition. The awards gala was shown live on Russian Today television programme. GI’s SIAB Premium Club interiors was the only project shown in the broadcast.
Watch Youtube-video: Winners of Best Office Awards
Gullstén–Inkinen Design & Architecture
Established in 1988 by Hanna Gullstén and Jari Inkinen. GI is specialized in designing work and customer environments and improving office and commercial buildings. Gullstén–Inkinen has operated in Russia since 2007. The company turnover in the previous fiscal year was 2,7 million EUROs of which about 10 % came from export to Russia, Scandinavia and to the Baltic countries. This fiscal year the turnover is budgeted to be 3,2 million EUROs of which 25 % exported services.
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