|Installation m²:||1,000 m²|
Sustainable services: Cool Carpet®
“Every product, colour, material and piece of furniture was carefully chosen to complement the character of the building and reflect the company’s corporate values of entrepreneurship, development, adaptability, integrity, results orientation and teamwork.”Dominik Schröter, Founder, Dominik Schröter Planung, Beratung und Design.
Fun’, ‘creative’ and ‘enjoyable’. These are the words that best sum up what Aeria Games does and its working culture. And they are particularly fitting for a company that is leading the gaming industry with its wide-ranging portfolio of free-to-play online multiplayer games.
Founded in 2006 and with offices in the US, Germany and Brazil, Aeria Games publishes and develops high quality online games in nine languages, covering more than 30 countries. It has a rapidly growing community of over 45 million core players across the globe and a broad set of development partners.
Its diverse portfolio spans highly engaging action shooters, animé-style social games and multiplayer mobile games, with best selling titles including Wolfteam, Eden Eternal, Shaiya, Grand Fantasia and Monsters Paradise. Behind the scenes, Aeria Games has more than 300 employees worldwide. The company continuously strives to improve its working culture and make it a fun, creative and enjoyable place to work. Its aim is to support and nurture entrepreneurship in its people, giving them the freedom to make decisions and drive Aeria Games forward.
Reflecting this culture was an integral part of the brief when Aeria Games’ Europe division decided to move to a new office in Berlin. The company appointed Dominik Schröter, founder of the architectural practice Dominik Schröter Planung, Beratung und Design, to lead the refurbishment of the building.
Dominik was tasked with creating a space that the employees would enjoy working in and that would feel homely and inviting.
Located in Berlin’s trendy Kreuzberg district, Aeria Games’ new office is right next to the Spree River. The building itself was a factory in its past life, and boasts majestic ceilings that are up to seven metres high and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a stunning view of the Spree. Aside from the location, the gaming company was drawn to the character of the old building and the sheer amount of space it offered.
Dominik was browsing through the latest brochure from Interface when he came across the intricately designed products in the Vintage Collection. “As soon as I saw the carpet tiles in Interface’s Vintage Collection, I knew straight away that they were absolutely perfect for the raw and vintage look I had in mind for Aeria Games,” he says.
“My vision was to retain the rawness and industrial feel of the former factory and to reflect the building’s heritage in the use of colour and the choice of materials and furniture.”
Dominik chose Ornate, a classically patterned carpet tile. Inspired by a trend towards heritage, history and a ‘lived-in’ look, it perfectly matched Dominik’s vision for Aeria Games.
“The Ornate tiles enabled me to give the space a real sense of comfort and style, which was vital to fulfilling Aeria Games’ wish to create a home away from home for its employees.”Dominik Schröter.
Ornate has subtle decoration and subdued colours, with a fading, ageing design that complements a variety of interior fixtures and furnishings in virtually any type of space or location.
Dominik was also impressed by the products’ environmental properties. Ornate’s pile yarns and backing contain pre-consumer recycled material and the tiles come with ‘Cool Carpet’ as standard, which mean that their carbon emissions are offset during their entire lifecycle.
The tiles were installed across a large area in order to increase the impact of the design.
Most of the furnishings used, including the desks, were custom-made by a local joiner to create a truly unique interior. Old scaffolding has also been transformed into a focal point for the space, providing a meeting room downstairs and a mezzanine upstairs. To encourage a sense of fun and creativity, a number of spaces were designed for recreation: a cafeteria with a fireplace, a gaming room with table football, snooker table and computer games, as well as a massage room.
Completed in August 2012, the new office space has been very well received by Aeria Games’ employees. In fact, some enjoy it so much that they don’t want to go home at the end of the working day!