Innovation and tradition

Innovation as manifestation of life and creative development.

The idol and the scourge of contemporary society. The drive behind all technological advancement.

Joining creativity and intuition with high tech makes innovation processes more playful, flexible and effective. It encourages the loosening of conventional rules of play in the corporate environment.

The INNO-SPACE U20 project was conceived by ŠKODA AUTO‘s Quality Management department, a strong representative of the traditional company culture. While keeping quality as the basic requirement, the workspace is creatively transformed using design and technology. Traditional company values can be shared in an extraordinary way thanks to the flexible space and high tech equipment. Roman Mogalle-Kiebler, director of Product Technology, is the patron of the innovative space concept. The project was realized with the support of Frank Schreier, director of Quality Management.

A flexible space

The space is visually very different from the rest of the company’s environments and it is further set apart by its use of communication technology. The variable interior is equipped with smart audio-visual technology and state-of-the-art technical infrastructure – all of that as intuitive and easy to use as possible.

The INNO-SPACE U20 project offers added work space capacity, makes common areas more attractive to use, and creates a high-end work environment option for the company. Apart from the INNO-SPOT and CREATIVE-ZONE spaces, the smaller work corners in the corridors function as alternative workspaces outside of normal offices, and can be used also before or after meetings, e.g. when a particular detail of the presentation needs to be revisited by a smaller group of people. INNO-SPACE U20 can be used for top management purposes as well as daily meetings.

INNO-SPACE U20 is not just a test pad of communication, it also introduces new habits in the workplace, such as the much-needed relaxation time.

Technology and design

The contemporary automobile combines high tech and easy operation. Function is supported by image and sound and the perception reaches a whole new dimension. The digital environment of the automobile’s cockpit can be customized by the user. These principles have imprinted themselves into the design of the innovative space and its equipment. The 4K television, 4K laser projector, interactive touch wall, BOSE sound system and the lighting are all extremely adaptive to the special momentary needs. Thousand times different and still simple.

The design concept for INNO-SPACE U20 is based on the contemporary shapes and makes of the ŠKODA AUTO electric car’s headlights. High quality materials and finishes are used as a reflection of the company’s tradition. Natural materials (e.g. oak panelling) bring a more humane and homey atmosphere into the mix. The combination of design, materials and equipment promotes a playful and alternative approach to well-established processes.

„The design concept of the innovative spaces in department G, building U20 in Mladá Boleslav, is based on the idea of small work corners and a flexible environment equipped with smart technologies. We started off with a standard meeting room and created two separate spaces, an INNO-SPOT meeting room and a CREATIVE-ZONE, freely accessible and free to use by our employees at any time during the day. We created spaces that are cozy and comfortable, so that our colleagues feel at home and want to keep coming back. We also introduced new technologies that are entertaining and interactive, because entertainment creates motivation. There is an option for a short workout and a stretch during the day, too. The most important aspect though is that we connect people to exchange ideas and inspire each other in a nice environment filled with high tech.“ (Zuzana Machů, innovative project’s manager, Quality management, ŠKODA AUTO Mladá Boleslav)

Project name


Innovative workspace for department G, ŠKODA AUTO Mladá Boleslav

Studio                          VONT

Author                         Oldřich Wachtl | architect – VONT



Project location           Building U20, ŠKODA AUTO, Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Design year                 2018

Completion year         2019

Area                            59 m2 (CREATIVE-ZONE) + 59 m2 (INNO-SPACE)

Client                           ŠKODA AUTO

Photography               BoysPlayNice | |

Collaborators               Concept design: DRAWetc. graphic artelier |

Furniture and graphic design: Petr Holub


Barrisol / interactive light panels

Ecophon / custom-made acoustic ceilings

Smart glass / LIKO-s / blackout glass doors

Upholstery fabrics / LD Seating, Weisner Hager


vinyl rolls and carpets / BOCA

magnetic glass boards / AVETECH / wall panels

touchscreens for DMX lighting / CUE

sound system / BOSE

fabric ducting / PŘÍHODA

lighting / EXX

conference chairs / LD Seating

Pixies seating cubes / Wiesner Hager

elliptical trainer / Kettler

punching bag / BUSHIDO

Holub modular tables / ALUPRESS DESIGN

interactive touch wall / INITI

cube lights / Epstein-Design

Studio profile

Studio VONT was established as a way of joining the artistic and architectural ambition of Matěj Hájek and architects Oldřich Wachtl and Helena Znamenaná. We believe sculpture and architecture are two closely related disciplines and we look for our spatial solutions at the intersection of these disciplines. A specific conceptual idea forms the solid foundation of all our work, the resulting solution then reflects the unique qualities of the place, client, time, means and other conditions of its creation.