by Tava Frazier
Recently we've been lucky enough to assist clients with
creating centers for innovation. These
spaces are meant for short term use (one week to several months) and serve to
provide a creative environment for special projects.
A lot of thought goes into creating this type of space. Making it fun and appealing is easy, making
it functional is another story. Special
consideration should go into addressing acoustics, providing a flexible
lighting system, integrating a/v needs, and providing multiple types of work
spaces for all the different ways people collaborate. Without addressing these needs you’ll end up
with a good looking space that no one wants to use.
Today’s work places often have people spanning multiple
generations working on the same project.
People new to the workforce depend a great deal on technology in a way
someone who’s been working for 30 years may not. In order to create an effective space for
innovation, multiple work styles need to be supported.
Devices assisting in the creative process can
range from basic pencil and paper all the way to interactive media walls
capable of screen sharing with other devices, video conferencing, working with external
apps and much more.
Another point that should be addressed is how will the design
provide users with necessary support spaces in addition to primary work spaces. This includes spaces that can be used when ‘breaking
out’ into sub groups, relaxing, taking a personal moment, having a private
meeting and/or participating in team building activities.
Simply providing workers with new furniture that brings
people out of offices/cubicles and into an open work environment does not on its
own foster collaboration. To truly
create an environment that fosters the process of innovation, you need to
address much more than the work surface alone.
This is what we do for our clients.
We think about how this space will function to produce collaboration and
innovation from every angle in order to develop a complete design that will produce
results. Our motto at ANF Architects is
“Innovative Design = Successful Clients”
To see more images of spaces we've worked on click here and here.