Citrix Systems, Inc. - La Defense, Paris

The brief

When Citrix moved to larger premises in Paris, its “better by design” culture as well as the setting of the city’s business district formed the inspiration for the interior design of their office. The goal was to improve communication and foster a sense of community amongst staff.

Our solution

The new office space playfully simulates the heart of a village, complete with its familiar landmarks. This enhances collaboration due to the various carefully designed open-plan workspaces, hot-desking and drop-in areas. The main office feature is the Central Briefing Centre, which is used for product demonstrations. Area’s sister company, Sketch Studios, supplied innovative seating arrangements including Herman Miller furniture, bespoke joinery and flexible mobile seating.


La Defense, Paris


16,500 sq ft




9 weeks

Having worked with Citrix on a number of other projects, we already had a very close working relationship with the client and knew how the office design template we created could best be applied in Paris. A key element of the project was the selection and close coordination of partners in Paris who ensured complete success of this stunning project. ”
Gary Chandler, Managing Director, Area

Project insight

At the heart of the village centre concept lies a serious idea. The rural ‘landmarks’ in the new workplace, such as the village hall, bus stop or library all help maximise the available office space while also making staff feel part of a bigger team. The vision was the result of extensive consultations with Citrix team members in multiple European countries throughout the design and fit-out process.


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