Hortonworks is a business computer software company based in Santa Clara, California. The company focuses on the development and support of Apache Hadoop, a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers. After designing an office in 2015 for Sequence IQ, a Budapest-based development firm acquired by Hortonworks, we had the chance to continue the cooperation with the firm this year, in their recent expansion in Budapest. The new office is located in the same building, just three floors below the first one, with the same geometrical possibilities.
We went on with our original concept, to create an open, playful, welcoming environment for all employees, something like an ‘adult playground’, just like last year, only with different tools. We use simple colors on big surfaces, red, green, blue – the same colors our monitors use to generate every color. The ceiling in the open spaces is covered with a unique wallpaper we designed specifically for this project, a cloud made up from small dots. Just as the actual clouds are made up from tiny drops of water and the clouds we use in computing, which are made up from tiny bits of data. Lots of wooden surfaces – floors, dividers and furniture – and dark, painted surfaces were used to create warm, cozy moods in certain areas. There are many different types of seating all over the place, to offer people multiple choices to find the best place for them. There are over a hundred plants installed in the office, to generate nice, living, big green surfaces which are essential in the everyday city life to keep our balance. Best of all (besides the visible server in the IDF room), there is a breakout space in the middle of the open office spaces, with a comfortable carpet, some beanbags and lots of plants – something like the contemporary equivalent of an arbor. Add that and the reflection of the tiles with 3D patterns on both ends of the office on the large colored glass surfaces – like the phone room called ‘Hotline Bling’ – to vivid colors, open spaces and green surfaces. This is our vision of a contemporary office, the ‘adult playground’.
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