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Transforming talent attraction led by strategic workspace innovation

Andela, a Pan-African technology firm, wanted to create a compelling brand that elevates its engagement with investors as it aims to combat the shortage of global technical talent in Africa by investing in Africa’s most talented software developers.

Size: 2,000 square meter

Completion Date: 2017

Scope: Design Build

Fishing in the office

A fisherman's boat for developers. It was important to highlight local cultural nuances in our design. One of these was the popular Makoko fihserman's boat made from local wood planks and oak. We designed and built a Makoko boat which also doubled as a couch for employees could sit, nap, or relax in. Now Andela developers don't need to break a single line of code to go out on a boat.

How we soundproofed an open floor plan.

Ever seen a developer wearing headphones to drown out the background noise to allow them focus? With 300+ developers housed under one roof, sound proofing was critical for this project. To address this we installed sufficient sound absorbing materials and created over 20 soundproof meeting spaces.

A whiteboard at every corner.

No developer is more than 15 feet away from a writing surface. To achieve this we constructed laminated glass infused with frosting, not only to act as partition walls but to also act as whiteboards. Our research shows that locating this in the team’s common workspace encourages spontaneous meetings. One developer may start using the board to think through a problem; others may notice and offer to help.

"I am in the office sitting in a canoe, i feel like I should be fishing, this gives me an escape from work, and keeps me inspired!"

Seni Sulyman. Director of Global Operations

Spacefinish is at the forefront of designing spaces that support hybrid work modes.

If you're thinking about designing a future-proofed workplace, Spacefinish is here to help.

What our client's say

In January 2017, Andela Nigeria made a move to their biggest office yet. One that reflects Andela culture, values and goals.

How We Made It explores the importance of this move, and the process to get there.

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