November 19, 2019

Turman Romano Architecture Taps Lightsaber Effects for Tel Aviv Tech Firm

Alwaysnever Studio’s mural defines the lounging and dining area, with United Seats tables and chairs, and custom oak booths and tables by Unique Things. Photography by Yoav Gurin.

Arpeely, a young and ambitious tech company in Tel Aviv, was seeking a similar firm to conceive interiors for its new 2,700-square-foot office. Enter Turman Romano Architecture, whose team took one look at the existing layout, featuring a slanted wall and beam, and decided to base the entire design around it.

“We created a slanted design, full of movement and energy,” architect Tom Karin explains. A long, angled hallway serves as a wayfinder through the facilities, with a twisting light fixture along its entire length. CNC-perforated partitions, Karin says, “separate the open workspace from the corridor, offering employees a sense of privacy while also allowing natural light to reach the corridor.”

Regent Lighting LED strips travel the main corridor. Photography by Yoav Gurin.

The main conference room pays tribute to Star Wars-style lightsabers with its own LED strips shining among stepped seating. But the real draw is the entrance, which isn’t just the face of the company. “It’s also the lounge, a dining area, and the main assembly space,” Karin says, “so there is a lot happening, and we had to make it all come together in harmony.” The answer was a series of oak diner booths and an eye-popping mural with the theme of “human intelligence and the mysterious cyber world,” says the architect, for a touch that’s unmistakably Arpeely.

The kitchen and library is framed in oak, with a Vass sofa. Photography by Yoav Gurin.
The main conference room incorporates stepped oak seating and a United Seats table and task chairs. Photography by Yoav Gurin.
An informal meeting area features oak parquet and Regent Lighting pendants. Photography by Yoav Gurin.
Powdercoated wood screens define the dining area, with a custom table by Unique Things. Photography by Yoav Gurin.

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