Boasting over 100 million monthly users, Livesport is one of most successful digital media enterprises in central Europe. Founded in 2006, the Czech powerhouse provides live scores, news, and statistics, for over 35 sports. Known for its up-to-the-second coverage, the company’s app and website are indispensable for scores of fans around the world. And while the live updates deliver an adrenaline rush — of heartbreak or elation — for fans, the integration of sports and technology makes for a distinctly fast-paced and energetic work environment for employees. Enter Studio Reaktor.
Known for creative, narrative-driven design and placemaking, the Prague-based architects have translated Livesport’s vibrant sporting spirit into a one-of-a-kind office. Completed in 2019, the first phase of Studio Reaktor’s design introduced the contours and lanes of a multi-coloured athletic track into a 680-square-metre workplace, making for an unmistakable office setting. Four years later, a new floor adds 980 square metres of additional space for the growing company — as well as a refined new aesthetic.
In lieu of the bold chromatic symphony that defined the 2019 design, the new spaces are more understated and luxurious. Framed by jet black ceilings and sumptuously textured grey carpeting, the space is defined by a carefully balanced palette of warm wood, greenery, exposed concrete, and elegantly mottled accents of gold and pink. Throughout, the floor’s subtler athletic track motif waves the space together, with an oval form framing the welcoming communal kitchen island that sits at the heart of the office.
While the notion of an athletic track carries over from the older floors, Studio Reaktor opted to evoke a wider array of sports, reflecting Livesport’s impressive gamut of scores, statistics and news. The simple interplay of curved and straight white lines alternately evokes a tennis court, basketball’s free throw circle, or the technical area at the side of a soccer pitch.
Meawhile, a more sinuous light fixture along the ceilings and walls evokes something fundamental to any sport; movement itself. Punctuated by the “X” shapes drawn by coaches on a tactics board, the kinetic lighting makes for an expressive statement piece within an understated space. Yet, look carefully, and further sporting metaphors abound. At Livesport, even the lowly storage locker’s perforated metal walls transform to frame a meeting room and a coffee counter. After all, tracking the scores can be a sport in itself.
Designers Studio Reaktor translate the fast-paced world of sports analytics into a dynamic workspace.