About the project
Nova is a leading provider of innovative metrology (measuring) solutions used in the control of the semiconductor manufacturing process. The company provides unique measuring solutions based on X-ray and optical measurements. Headquartered in Israel, with branches worldwide, the initial design concept was to mirror Nova’s status as a multinational brand, and for this to be expressed in the design of its branches across the world.
Designers Setter Architects created a work environment that would enable maximum sharing, with different sized formal and informal meeting rooms, seating areas, and open space workstations. The clean labs and rooms — the very heart of the company — are grouped on a single floor, adjacent to the relevant engineering team. Advanced measurement methods were architecturally expressed in every aspect of the design, and translated into elements integrated throughout the offices. Nova’s technology uses light waves to collect information and create simulations of tiny three-dimensional structures that the human eye cannot see. An entire language is inherent in that technology — angles, triangles, and 3D elements, which create topographical layers of varying thickness, light rays, light reflections, and optical means. It was this very language that inspired the design elements. The overall interiors are cosy and inviting, featuring natural materials, pale wood and black iron, with wall colours on a tone scale ranging from gray to white. The emphasis is on a clean, almost Scandinavian, look that corresponds with the graphic elements on the walls.
Each floor has a large central conference room, designed with a 3D facade that people encounter as they enter, and is visible from every angle in this part of the floor. A motif taken from the corporate world is integrated into the mirrors of the washrooms, while suspended acoustic tiles in the cafeteria face a three dimensional wall of blocks. The silicate bricks and the play of the kitchen tiles are all inspired by Nova’s lexicon. They create a landmark on each floor, unifying the design.