The trend for ever-greater space densities, driven by increasing property costs is now passing and we will instead focus on the flexible structuring of floorplates and the creation of a range of work settings for different forms of work make acoustic and visual privacy more important than ever before.
Long before we became fully aware of large open plan offices and the Bürolandschaft and adopted them as the default design standard for modern workplace, generously proportioned floorplans exhibited the useful characteristics of being both adaptable and multi-functional. Anything architectural in its scale is largely immutable, fixed and impossible to adapt to the different uses asked of modern organisations, so fixed barriers in the workplace can quickly constrain its use. This is just one reason why workplaces as diverse as monastic writing rooms, Hanseatic trading posts and writing pools have adopted large rooms to deal with such inflexibility. As it is in a library, the quiet sharing of space makes it easy for people to work and ensures that the space itself is as flexible as it can be.
The desire to create separate rooms was a response to the clatter of typewriters and then computer keyboards, phones and the general backdrop of noise associated with modern workplaces. Employees became understandably and increasingly agitated with the noise, incessant interruptions, the unabated need to communicate with others and the constant call to join some new project team or other.
Meanwhile, life itself had become more nomadic in response to greater access to modern forms of communication and technology, and the backlash against the static work and lifestyle of the past was complete.
What was once a Chinese wall has now become something more prosaic; a simple screen or partition. Sedus offers a range of solutions to help define space that are both multi-functional and flexible as well as creating a visually attractive and even playful acoustic solution.