The office is located in the heart of the financial district in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The floor is divided in 2 areas, one for the faculty and workers, meeting rooms and conference rooms, and the other half for classrooms and student areas.
In the center the reception area welcomes the visitors, with a lounge where staff, visitors and students can rest or wait for their next class. Since the ceilings were not that high, we decided to play with them in different ways. In most areas we took them completely away and painted them in black to make them “disappear”. In the classrooms, where more lighting, sound and projection was needed, we used lower ceilings to cover all the installations.
Most of the office concept is open space, and where closed offices are needed, glass was chosen as the division material, to keep the transparency in all areas.
EF is the world leader in international education, so the design was closely discussed with the client to fit the brand. The graphic design had a lot of feedback from the design team in the EF Zurich headquarters.