Is there really only one way of working? For example, should offices really just be composed of cubicles and a break room? Or can we break out of that thinking? The Cave Office in Mexico offers a different approach on how to play around with form to meet a function. 

Located in Ciudad de México, Cave Office overlooks a business park filled with buildings and greenery.  Javier Senosiain created the design alongside Luis Raúl Enríquez M. and Julieta Badillo taking on the role as lead architects.

Adapting to Human Patterns

Cave Office was created to be a natural evolution to the idea of open plan work spaces. Or perhaps more of a de-evolution, as it pushes against modern practices of how offices should be, and instead finds the flow of humanity through the past. 

One of the areas of the office. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
One of the areas of the office. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
An area of Cave office. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
An area of Cave office. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
The Cave Office with the window. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
The Cave Office with the window. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
One of the areas of the office. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
One of the areas of the office. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.

The office interior evokes the appearance of a cave, achieved through the undulating walls and yellow lighting. To achieve this look, they applied maple root veneer to the ceilings, walls, and floor, emphasizing spaciousness through the pine wood skeletons. The overall effect resembles the iconic Cantina from the original Star Wars film.

Constructing the Interior

The Cave Office in construction. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
The Cave Office in construction. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.

The architects imbued the rectangular layout with a sense of naturalness reminiscent of cave-like structures, typically characterized by rounded forms resulting from erosion. Within this layout, strategic pathways delineate separate zones: private, secluded areas conducive to focused work, and communal spaces. Surfaces upholstered in leather add further comfort.

This design results in three distinct zones, with a central volume serving as the communal hub, with workshop spaces and private meeting rooms for interactions with colleagues and clients. Additionally, an adjacent terrace provides an outdoor space for workers seeking external stimulation.

Stimulating Dynamics

The rooms’ layout use interconnected curves rather than solid wall partitions, creating a dynamic flow throughout the interior. By examining the schematics, you can observe this intentional choice to promote fluidity. Additionally, the furniture seamlessly integrates into the overall design.

Cave Office with some equipment. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
Cave Office with some equipment. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
The office with a window view. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
The office with a window view. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
The office with a window view. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
The office with a window view. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
Cave Office with some equipment. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.
Cave Office with some equipment. Photo provided by Javier Senosiain.

The architects stated plainly in their intent for the building: they wanted “environments that follow the natural rhythm of human movements, are areas where integrated furniture facilitates circulation.” It flows well to and from each other, and follows the rhythm of human movement rather than boxing it in. 

Cave Office echoes the need of a dynamic office that is people-friendly in its design. The look is naturalistic, its openness encourages interaction without removing the privacy aspect in the matter. This office shows that, sometimes, you see the future by looking towards the past. 

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