1. The Studio: When you need to think creatively, or when you just need a clean space to work, the studio is an open area where work can be produced. You don’t need to be an art gallery or a photographer to have a studio; a studio is an ideal environment for any business that needs a way to think outside the box.
Design Solution: Keep furnishing to a minimum. All you need is a few long tables and chairs for convenience.
2. The Quiet Retreat: As more and more businesses turn to open space and collaborative designs, it becomes important that a quiet retreat is available for your employees who need a break from the noise and chaos. Just like school libraries are a staple on college campuses, the quiet retreat is a space where employees can research and work on projects in silence.
Design Solution: Keep cell phones, telephones, and any conversation out of the retreat. Install individual desks, or communal tables with walls to mimic a library atmosphere.
3. The Nucleus: The nucleus is the heart and soul of your company. Unlike a break room, the nucleus is not just for meal and break time gatherings. It’s the part of your office where community and sense of team work is built. It’s where ice cream socials, company meetings, and game days are held. The nucleus is a space where employees can recharge, while learning and growing with the company.
Design Solution: Add white boards (or chalk boards) in the center of the room for impromptu pow-wows and brainstorming sessions. Make the room adaptable for any event by outfitting the nucleus with mobile furniture (tables and chairs with wheels).