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JetBrains, a software development company, opens a new Munich workspace in the MY.O building on Christoph-Rapparini-Bogen. The design of the environment was developed by D/DOCK, which used sustainable best practices to create a space with high-level comfort.
 The Munich office will house 360 employees. The total area of the building is 12,000m2, which includes three rooftop terraces, a cafeteria, a gym, a massage room, an in-house event space, a music room, a ‘makers’ room and a playground.

The design concept is called The City. It incorporates urban design aspects such as human scale, lines of sight, biophilia, the importance of lingering, elements of surprise, intimacy, walkability and serendipity. Robust collaboration has resulted in a circular working environment that gives a professional polish to work-from-home flexibility.

Taking a sustainable approach to every detail, clients, designers, suppliers and architects collaborated on a shared circular ambition, resulting in innovation in all facets of the design. JetBrains wanted to build a place to meet and work that feels like home. Our team, who also envisioned the JetBrains office in Amsterdam, combined respect for user experience, company values, balance between interpersonal dynamics and individual concentration. This final concept reflects the diversity of styles and personalities within JetBrains, the company’s visual identity and the art deco style of the MY.O building.

Our designer-team treated the building as a city: “All floors look different and have a different type of mood, so everyone can find a spot that feels best”. Employees can choose a temporary spot that suits them at any moment for a specific task – whether that is secluded from everyone behind curtains, sitting in the dark or in bright light, or even at a standing workstation. On every floor of the building, there are areas reserved for common spaces, to be used by anyone for working, relaxing or holding team events. They provide inspiring views of either the city or trees.

“Designing a healthy environment for people is a key part of social sustainability”

says Sabrina van Dongen, who works as a Circular Accelerator for Furnify, our circular label. A major part of the concept was bringing a new life to used products –65% of the furniture was sourced both from previous projects and from the company’s previous building and repurposed with a new look. (More information)

Another element of a sustainable workplace is biophilic design philosophies, which are known to enhance wellbeing and productivity. For instance, JetBrains developed special BIT (Boost Individual Talent) stations for the team to block out external stimuli boosting concentration. “Considering our employees’ wellbeing is so important, we co-developed these innovative stations with D/DOCK, which offer the opportunity to break out and use the workspace as though they are in their own homes”, says Olga Dyka, Team Lead Office Administration at JetBrains Munich.

Kelai Diebel, from Makers of Sustainable Spaces (MOSS): “For JetBrains, we created an office that speaks to the biophilic affinity of all employees. The space is a healthy green environment teeming with more than one thousand living plants! Working with D/DOCK’s design themes, we could choose the plant species to match and create a unique identity on each floor.”

In close collaboration with D/DOCK, Munich-based implementation office Gruschwitz GmbH was responsible for the realization and project management. As Max Götzfried, Head of Operations at Gruschwitz says: “With its Munich location, JetBrains creates the conditions for an optimal symbiosis of work and life. This encourages its team to show top performance – including us, as we were responsible for the implementation at site.”

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