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Skype Corporate Headquarters, Luxembourg by WAM

[Drawings + project data] This project forms part of the regeneration works to an existing brewery in Luxembourg City’s old quarter

Skype wanted the interior to inspire innovation but retain corporate sophistication, with high performance AV meeting facilities, dynamic, flexible office space, good communications between teams, a fluid layout to support the roving nature of many Skype employees, and good conference spaces.

The ceiling is a topographical device to encourage movement through the space. Its wave-like form refers to the river that served the brewery. It integrates lighting and building services and provides an uplifting ambience - people entering immediately know they are in a space that challenges office convention with innovative thinking.

High performance acoustic meeting pods are clad in timber- a reference to brewing barrels, also adding a softer, sustainable material to the palette. The pods are like lily pads in the river, providing a segueing district between office teams, encouraging flow of movement between them.
Stuart Martin, founding partner, WAM

Project data

Architect WAM
Client Skype
Start on site September 2009
Contract duration 7 months
Gross internal floor area 2,000m2
Total cost not disclosed
M&E consultant Taylor Project Sources
Quantity surveyor Skype
Project manager Skype
Main contractor Forworx – Luxembourg/Belgium
CDM coordinator Forworx

Selected products

Cladding to meeting pods
Dark Thermotreated oiled oak
Open plan area carpet
Milliken Contract
Consequence Upshot. Colour UP 26 Cue
Carpets to meeting rooms
InterfaceFLOR Sherbet Fizz. Lime Green
Reception Desk and Post box
HI-MACS natural acrylic stone.
Colour Alpine White
Open plan area ceiling
SAS International. WAM-designed ribbed baffle
ceiling detail. Perforated metal radiused acoustic
baffles, powder coated finish.
Meeting room ceilings
British Gypsum MF acoustic board ceiling
Services/Corridor area ceilings
Durlum RHOMBOS lay-in expanded
metal system
Open plan area lighting
Zumtobel. High frequency ballast, extruded
aluminium housing, powder coated finish.
Opal Plexiglas PMMA diffuser with diffusely
patterned outer surface.
Meeting room lighting


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