Inspiration

A Belgrade Office That Combines Playfulness + Japanese Design

Studio ANTIPOD created a new, vibrant world for the Tenderly Office, where tranquility and playfulness merge for an engaging workspace. Located in Belgrade’s newly opened GTC building, this inspiring interior spans three floors, covering over 3,000 square meters. Overall, Studio ANTIPOD designed a captivating office that seamlessly integrates Japanese aesthetics and the fun of building blocks.

Drawing inspiration from the art of simplicity and harmony, the space reflects the calm essence of Japanese culture. From the use of grids to the mix of calming tones, natural materials, and abundant greenery, every detail has been thoughtfully crafted to create a layout that guides visitors through the space. The infusion of Japanese design philosophy not only enhances functionality but also fosters a sense of tranquility and security.

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view into a comfortable seating area of a modern office

In contrast of the Japanese zen, the Tenderly Office embraces the playful nature of building blocks. Drawing inspiration from the childhood toy, the interior is energized with vibrant colors, playful shapes, and dynamic spatial configurations. The infusion of these striking tones breathes life into each element, creating a captivating atmosphere that sparks creativity and cultivates a lively work environment. In total, the Tenderly Office is designed to feel like home, where security, comfort, and imagination thrive.

view of large modern office space with various types of seating

Lush green plants throughout add a biophilic touch, while helping to reduce sound, improve air quality, and boost productivity.

view of large modern office space with various types of seating

The ground floor serves as the central hub of the company, featuring a bar, canteen, and an auditorium. This multifunctional space acts as a focal point for socialization, idea exchange, and inspirational discussions. Its non-corporate aesthetics helps form a separation between the social zone and other areas dedicated to work.

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angled view of meeting room in a modern office

The second floor is designed as a peaceful escape for solo work and group meetings. Both dedicated spaces for focused work and meeting rooms offer serene surroundings that support team work and individual needs. Thoughtful soundproofing ensures interactions remain undisturbed, allowing individuals to immerse themselves in work or engage in group discussions.

angled view of modern office space with various types of seating and shelving for storage and division

view in modern office space with man working in an enclosed office pod

The third floor showcases a mix of open and closed offices, which support both teamwork and individual needs. This arrangement marks Tenderly’s approach to promoting collaborative work while also providing opportunities for personal growth. Spotted throughout the floor are quiet islands and pods for quick, spontaneous meetings for up to four people.

view of modern workspace with woman working at a standing desk

view of large modern office space with various types of seating

view of large modern office space with various types of seating

partial view of group desks in modern office surrounded by plants

modern office interior with long shared dining table and separate tables in office's eating area

modern office interior with long shared dining table and separate tables in office's eating area

evening view of round coffee bar in modern office

evening view of modern office space with various types of seating

moodboard of swatches and product ideas for a modern office

Moodboard

Photography by Relja Ivanić.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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