SKYPE, the infamous VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) software company, was founded in Luxembourg in 2003 by Swedish entrepreneur Niklas Zennström and Dane Janus Friis. The company is headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in London, Stockholm, Tallinn, Tartu, Prague, and Palo Alto, with most of the development team and 44% of the overall employees of Skype situated in the offices of Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia. Almost no one in today’s online world wouldn’t be familiar with or haven’t used the software to voice or video-chat. In May 2011, Skype was acquired by -software-giant- Microsoft for $8.5 Billion.
In April 2011 Skype moved into a brand new office in Stockholm, Sweden (taking the place of the former Munchen Brewery), moving out of their smaller office in Slussen. The office space is designed by Swedish firm PS Arkitektur, where their concept was derived from the the spirit of Skype, how it is a useful and playful tool that connects the world. The scheme features white walls, wooden floors and colourful rounded furniture, with custom-made wallpaper featuring Skype’s logo and symbols, comprising audio and video studios, offices and social areas for 100 Skype employee, at a total of 1680 square meters. Resulting in a beautiful minimalistic work atmosphere. This is what the designer had to say:
“The in-between shapes of interconnected nodes has given us romboid and triangular shapes that is visible in the flooring and in the design of some of the hard furniture. The playful happy theme in colours and soft furniture comes from the Skype graphics and the Skype cloud logo is reinterpreted as cloud-shaped lighting throughout the office space. The Stockholm office predominately works with audio and video development and this is manifested in the special made wallpapers with cables, earphones and other devices linked to audio-video technique”.
Here’s a peek inside the new Stockholm-based Skype office:
[Sources:Dezeen, PS Arkitektur ] [Photography: ©Jason Strong]
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