Eko Novo is the recently completed Headquarters of Lagos based technology solutions company, Softcom.
Designed by budding architectural practice, Micdee Designs, the building wears a modern aesthetic with clean lines and minimalist elements. This minimalism extends to the materiality of the building’s facade which interplays with textured and plain surfaces. On the inside, colour replaces texture in this interplay, serving as accents and on paintings as well as locally inspired murals. Custom furniture and lighting pieces also lend a sense of indigenous character to the otherwise corporate spaces.
When Softcom asked Micdee to create its new HQ, an opportunity
presented itself; one that promised an avenue to birth an office model that
communicated the value system of one of Nigeria’s fastest-growing tech firms.
Softcom envisioned a new HQ that would speak to its people and clients alike
and our goal was to create an innovative work environment that stimulated
excellent output from her team and communicates its commitment to consistently
offering expansive values to organizations.
Our design team saw value in the building’s envelope possessing a
timeless feature; akin to an artist’s blank canvas that offers the surrounding
landscape and beaming interiors opportunity to flourish; hence the use of
neutral hues and textured finishes. The almost predictable nature of the facade
echoes a calming mental simulation that resonates with the lush greenery that
adorns the compound. It also inspires an open embrace that will always welcome
Softcom’s staff and visitors to Eko Novo.
Studies have shown that one of the most significant factors for
efficiency is the immediate environment. This is facilitated by the design of
effective workspaces that not only take into consideration the occupants of a
space but also the expectations of the space. Having evaluated the nature of work
that takes place at Softcom, we designed an office space suited to their
culture; promoting collaborations and communalism in their workspaces. Using
grounded principles on lighting, ergonomics and colour psychology, we created
an office space unique to Softcom and one its people and clients can relate to.
As a design consideration, we decided to capture the essence of Softcom; which itself is a manifestation of the identity of Africa and its people. This essence was infused into the office; expressed as paintings, crafts and murals. Recognizable artefacts such as the Eyo masquerades, the infamous yellow “Danfo” buses or the journey of the palm wine tapper to his plantation are the expressions that adorn the walls of Eko Novo. The idea was to bring together the distinct identities in a locale in a tasteful combination akin to an experience hub.