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SPACE and IA Interior Architects launch new European Research & Development Centre for Rapid7

IA Interior Architects and SPACE worked with the US cyber security firm to create its new outpost in Belfast, supporting the brand’s culture and creative disruption through an organic workplace.

14/09/2021 2 min read

Chichester House is one of the best-connected digital office spaces in Belfast, which was critical for Rapid7 to have the highest level of connectivity possible. The design was focused on providing a safe, comfortable workspace, with a clear ambition to create one of the most engaging workplaces in Northern Ireland.

The ground floor is inspired by the local neighbourhood marketplaces and features the barista café, lounge bar, library, games room and ‘makerspace’ – featuring Lego walls, 3D printers and Raspberry Pis for learning programming. SPACE collaborated with the client to provide bespoke joinery pieces and intimate lighting with finishes and furniture that complimented each individual area, enabling total flexibility within the building to comfortably house different activities and working styles.

Moving up the nine storeys, each floor’s individual theme is brought to life through graphics and signage. The detailed attention was given to connecting to local culture through a wide use of graphics making it relevant to the city and this consistent graphic language is used globally to tie together the company-wide and local culture. The reception boasts a magnificent Moose 3D sculpture suspended from the ceiling which you can only see in its entirety from certain positions a sculptural reflection of Rapid7 people who are individually and collectively referred to as Moose.

Rapid7 is a recognised leader in cybersecurity, earning numerous industry accolades – and so hiring the best teams possible to enable them to achieve their goals is critical to long-term success. This flexible workspace was designed to offer neighbourhood and activity-based workplace settings and options which would attract and retain talent – both locally and internationally.

Great emphasis was put on sourcing local products to align the location with the city’s heritage and culture, whilst also reducing the impact of unnecessary imports of materials. The supply chain was largely from Northern  Ireland, promoting both local tradespeople and reducing unnecessary travel. This conscious decision became even more prudent during two national lockdowns related to the COVID- 19 pandemic which harboured ‘easy travel’ to and from Belfast.

Rapid7 didn’t just want a ‘cool office’ – they wanted something extraordinary that centralised connectivity as their core cultural driver,’ says the team at SPACE. ‘IA Interior Architects had worked with them globally to define ‘The Audacious Workplace’ design concept which utilised Rapid7’s global guidelines. Teams are linked together for cross functionality and mobility, with robust amenity hubs, central and distributed conferencing, training rooms and alternative work settings encouraging activity-based work.’

The design exemplifies Rapid7’s culture to challenge convention, and foster collaborative, creative and bold spirit, which they embody every day. This building has been designed and built around their core values: meaningful customer partnerships; continuous learning; disciplined risk taking; individual excellence; and, of course, teamwork.

There’s no worry of being one ‘of the herd’ in this unique workspace environment that makes working productive, inspiring and enjoyable.

Photography: The Electric Eye Photography

This project is a Mixology21 finalist for Project of the Year, Workplace Interiors

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