An unavoidable result of that growth is that it creates a need for bigger offices to accommodate the increasing number of people.
Being a company founded in the north of Israel by "locals" and is rooted here, we looked for a place in the area, one that will enable us to continue growing while preserving the company's DNA. An abandoned dining room in the neighboring kibbutz of Afikim seemed like the perfect place.
Hi-tech with an organic atmosphere
The building's exterior is almost untouched. Photo by: Gil Shay
“As a creative tech company, our new offices had to not only meet the highest standards of today's hi-tech office design but also set an ideal atmosphere for inspiring creativity,” explains co-founder and co-CEO Ira Belsky.
"Seeing the pastoral atmosphere of the kibbutz, with the trees, plants and land linked houses, we knew that this was the right place for us," tells us Art director (and head of Artgrid Original), Koren Oren. She worked together with designer Alon Raz on this project. "Walking to work in a path full of trees and greenery seemed like the perfect way to start our day," she adds.
Not wanting our new offices sticking out like a sore thumb in the middle of the peaceful kibbutz, our designers only did little alterations to the building's exterior.
The old dining room was built in 1965, planned by architects Werner Joseph Wittkower and Erich Baumann. The duo designed 2 wings of dining area connected by an internal garden. Today, the kibbutz's newly built dining room is located in the other one of those wings.
Let's give you a tour of the offices.
In the front, there's our kitchen, and there are eating and hangout spaces near the windows and nature. In the middle, there's an office area built on a steel bar foundation of steel bars; that's where most of the offices and meeting rooms are located. On the structure's periphery, there are other small offices that serve different purposes.
Underneath the offices, wild vegetation meshing with its surroundings. 2 big Magnolia trees stand in the building, each reaching 2 meters (a bit more than 6 feet).
Photo by: Gil Shay
"For years, the kibbutz has planted vegetation outside the building, and it was important for me to preserve that atmosphere for the employees," explains Raz.
"We used Birch, Terrazzo and grooved Iron nets," says Oren. "Wanting to reach synergy with the surroundings; we used only natural materials," she adds.
"Artlist is made up of such a diverse and colorful group of people and we wanted to create an atmosphere where you could thrive. Part of it is that we have diverse spaces because different employees have different needs." Oren refers to the sound, image and music people working at Artlist who need accommodation to fit their needs. There are also shared spaces all around.
Photo by: Gil Shay
Raz says he wanted to create a place where the employees get a sense of the weather and time of day. "This is not a place where you get in when it's light and come out in the dark without noticing the day pass."
So that's the story of how our new offices came about. We are recruiting at full speed and in all regions of the country, so if you like the company's description, what we do and you have the skills to contribute, join us!
Here are some more photos to give a sense of what it's like to work at Artlist (by Gil Shay):