‟We were specifically interested in winning the ‟Best looking Office 2012” award and it was natural for us to turn to the reigning masters. We immediately received a good indication of BSK Arkitekter's professionalism. At the same time they also have great integrity and dared to question our own ideas even when they didn't believe in them.” Carl Manneh, MD, Mojang
Mojang created the very successful computer game Minecraft and is a company that is growing at record-speed. Creating the best-selling computer games of the future requires a creative and visionary environment. BSK Arkitekter received the commission and created a workplace that completely re-defines the concept of what an office is and should be.
Mojang is a young company and there was no platform or history from which to harvest inspiration when it was time to move from the old apartment which was serving as its office. BSK Arkitekter chose to strike out on a new path.
Its starting point was a story about the fictitious character named Sir Mojang. Who he is, what characteristics he has and what he does away from prying eyes - in secret. A graphic description was rendered about a middle aged man of English origin - urbane, handsome and with impeccable taste. But, at the same time, with a deceptive and secret inner world. His home is masculine and exclusive, yet comfortable and cosy.
The result of this line of thinking then became an unparalleled environment in which everything about the office was chosen with the utmost of care. Many items were hand-picked in England, e.g. the large conference table in mahogany, waxed and polished 18 times. The office is a potpourri of classic Victorian, men's club influences - unexpected, humorous and with a touch of the twisted. Far from the traditional view of what an office should resemble.
The combination between the period-specific interior design and the high-technological work creates an exciting dynamic. To match the elegant furnishings, Mojang even introduced a "Dressed-up Friday" where all personnel get dressed up - as opposed to the more usual casual Fridays.
Internally, the new office has become extremely important to the spirit of community within the company. Previously, it was the Minecraft game that was the unifying factor. Now it the office. The inspiring environment creates devoted employees who see it as their work place, home and party-place all rolled into one.
When the 2012 edition of the Sveriges Snyggaste Kontor (Sweden's Best Looking Office 2012) was decided, Mojang's new office won the on-line voting by the people of Sweden hands-down, and the renowned jury awarded the office second place. Mojang now continues to celebrate new successes and plans for an expansion.
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