Conventional office tools are now largely redundant. People need to connect to other people: they need flat surfaces to work on with laptops or monitors or other equipment, and easily accessible places to meet and collaborate. We got excited about the idea of massively simplifying this concept to show how radically different an office could be when you alter the ‘job description.
The above floor layout, says it all. Its fluid, organic and was, amazingly, initially hand drawn. The rising and falling of the glorious “pearlescent white” table top allows for seamless movement within the office literally “connecting and centering” the space. This ‘rising’ creates what I like to call ‘pathway arches’, which expose the complex plywood structure made up of about 870 laser-cut panels which, when assembled, create a web of coffers. Underneath these pathway arches we find viable, informal, cave-like work spaces offering flexible ‘rooms’ for meetings, secluded working and storage. Even with these ‘caves’ the white, epoxy coated table top continues through the space emphasizing the aforementioned fluidity.
This project is proof of the power of plywood, but more so proof of the power of defiant creativity. As the designer said, conventional offices are now redundant, or, are already on the path to redundancy, thus, this approach to office design is the future of how our workspaces will be crafted, and I eagerly look forward to many more triumphs such as this. (Many thanks to dezeen for the video.)