An unnamed technology company recently hired workplace design firm AIS Workplace to design their new offices in London, England.
“The vision was to create a workplace environment for the future, one that would appeal to a creative workforce, encourage innovation through interaction and leverage the latest technology for communication, presentation and collaboration. It was obvious from the beginning we needed to create a space that was bold and engaging in order to fulfil the clients commitment to making the organisation a great place to work. With an agenda to create a smart casual environment to appeal to creative types, we went about designing a space that was youthful and contemporary whilst also appearing sophisticated and forward thinking in tune with the companies entrepreneurial nature. Across the floor plate the space fully embraces the company culture of openness. While each team within the business had intrinsically different space requirements, some requiring more quiet working environments and others that needed space to cater for louder work, our design solution incorporated a number of gathering spaces to give people who may not work together the opportunity to mingle during breaks allowing for the open sharing of knowledge. Each space had carefully considered partitioning solutions that separated teams acoustically but maintained a sense of the ‘one office.’ A collection of open and inviting spaces for socialising, sharing knowledge and developing ideas. Central to the layout is the informal town hall area, a flexible space that embodies the notion of collaborative and modern ways of working, offering staff a space for sharing, informal meetings and social gatherings. The workplace provides staff with a space they can be proud of and showcases the business’ commitment to providing innovative and expert solutions to the technology sector.Building a space that enabled consistent connectivity and transparency was a key element of the project in order to retain the strong sense of community within the business,” says AIS Workplace