Today’s office is increasingly becoming a meeting place, where cooperation is prioritised more than ever thanks in part to modern methods such as Agile, project-based, activity-related or flexible work. So how do you create the ideal meeting place? We asked interior designers for their take.
Facilitate and appreciate
Ultimately, this means whatever the organisation wants to achieve through cooperation should be the starting point for designing a flexible and functional workplace. Generally speaking, there are four types of business encounters that each have their own ‘zone’:
Every office needs a meeting table with chairs, if only to be able to welcome clients and partners and offer them a seat. Still, the table and chairs combo has fallen out of favour and has literally made way for standing tables in inspiring rooms. According to researchers, stand-up meetings are a must if you care for your health and value efficiency, as they tend to be 33% shorter than traditional meetings. In the past, stand-up meetings were sometimes met with scorn and considered to be just another hype, but they have since proven to be a tried & tested development in the modern office and they are here to stay.
Many commercial properties feature one or more office landscapes. At the time, the idea behind the office landscape was good; people are social creatures who seek each other’s company and want to have discussions without barriers. Besides, we simply enjoy working together. Moreover, an open office space created opportunities for cross-pollination between teams so that shared objectives could be completed more quickly.
The concept of ‘Office 2.0’ in which the office is a place to meet and work, is crucial for organisations that are looking to grow. Every company has its own DNA and needs a unique, functional office setup that suits its mission and company culture.
Written by Teun Ten Bosch
- Interview Agile Transition Coach, Philips November 24, 2020
- Design Thinking + Visualising October 26, 2020
- Flexible workplace as a foundation for cooperation October 12, 2020