The age of CREATIVITY is upon us. This year, PDR’s brave, CREATIVE voyagers squeezed their way through the halls of NeoCon. Their focus was on discovering how we create human-experience-driven spaces that support creative thought. The upcoming 5-Part series of blog posts describe the movements we see and how they can be implemented to facilitate, and increase, the opportunity for creative thought in your workplace.
Part 4: User Reconfigurability
Customization has been a huge buzzword recently. We want to have the ability to customize anything and everything. Imagine a modular office that can transform to meet your exact work space needs; that is user reconfigurability. Work spaces can now be arranged in an instant, creating an efficient environment without the need to engage facilities teams to make changes. This enhanced flexibility creates a workplace that can adapt to any work type or business.
There has been an increase in interchangeable furniture tools that can be easily reconfigured. Height-adjustable desks and meeting tables have concealed casters and marker boards/tack boards that can be used on different platforms. The moveable elements can instantly transition the function of a space from individual to team based, or vice versa. Screens and privacy panels are multipurpose and can be either attached or freestanding. For example, one screen attached to a desk can be used as a divider, privacy screen, or modesty panel by just unclipping the panel and repositioning it on the desk.
Ancillary furniture, or lounge like seating, and soft seating are becoming more and more attractive to employees. No surprise there! A top reason why employees want to work from home is comfort. If the office can feel more residential and comfortable then it’s a win/win situation. Employees can be more at ease, while having the benefit to connect with team members face-to-face in the office.
Therefore, more ancillary furniture spaces are being embedded in the workplace for team meetings and for individuals to touch down. However, for these spaces to be effective, they cannot be fixed formal zones. Sofa cushion backs are movable and can be configured as desired. Connected lounge seating is integrated with tables and charging stations for mobile devices. Power and mobile technology are vital to user reconfigurability. Mobile power stations are being used when agile teams are meeting in any given configured setting.
Reconfigurability in the workplace is giving end users the tools to create their own unique environments, enabling them to produce their best work. This element of design creates spaces that are flexible and always moving, creating innovative and active workplace environments.
As a Designer at PDR, Kristin actively engages with clients to meet their specific design needs from project initiation through completion. Kristin’s experience encompasses a vast number of sectors including designing workplaces for major energy companies, residences, senior care facilities and tenant improvement projects.
After graduating from Louisiana State University, Madeline began her career as a designer. She is an experienced project manager and project designer and works closely with clients, project architects, and team members to develop technical space programs and design concepts on projects.