From space to place

Workplace strategy as a tool to match needs in the office


How can the design of the office environment help and support people to stay active and be healthy at work?



Both old and new organizational structures see the enormous potential of open networks and an increased need for interaction.
A successful corporate facility must provide the right mix of spaces to support both collaboration and concentration and a quick transition from one modality to another.

1. Crossroads – increase spontaneous exchange

Meeting people by chance along the office corridors, at the coffee machine or in the break out areas, often leads to short inspiring talks and to the efficient informal sharing of information. Do not underestimate these ´crossroads´ while planning the office space because they can boost creativity and promote a good attitude toward innovative working processes.

2. Proximity – informal meeting spaces

People spontaneously use informal meeting spaces near to the desk areas and workstations. They should combine a comfortable feeling and worklike look, mixing hard and soft surfaces. Moreover, the use of vertical partitioning could contribute to a better acoustical absorption protecting the desk areas whilst improving verbal intelligibility of conversations between people.

3. New shapes to cross boundaries

By using new unusual shapes of furniture, the office space experiences a completely new impact. Rectangular and regular shapes of furniture, usually synonymous of formal structures and meetings, can now be substituted with organic shapes. These change the way people perceive space, the way they use it and the way they communicate with each other.

4. Transparency – Visual contact between people

Choosing the right furniture can substantially support the right balance between communication and concentration. New high desking and stool solutions follow the rule´what you see is what you get´ and help you recognize how the space is used and what working mode people are in. By avoiding excessive screening, a visual contact can easily be established either to respect focused work or enhance informal meetings.

5. Creating places vs filling spaces

Openspace offices are more common than ever. The advantages of space compression and reduced footprints encounter the challenge of making these spaces work in terms of efficiency, wellbeing and balance between private workspace and shared spaces. Often spaces are filled with furniture without providing the right settings and feeling of space. Some furniture, when used with a thoughtful space planning concept, can act as integral protagonists to create “places” rather than filling spaces, as in the case of modular storage solutions such as Sedus terri tory or flexible vertical elements like viswall.

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