Pre-Modern Working Prototype for an office suite – 2009
Cornwall Council, in 2009 were about to undertake major refurbishments at new County Hall, in order to increase the accommodation of staff numbers. Modern working policies had been set in motion, which allows for differing workplace scenarios, flexible working and sharing of spaces and facilities. It is a tried and tested philosophy in the world of office space environments.
As a precursor to this, I was invited to redesign an office suite on the lower ground floor for a new team who were being put together. They were a team of people who dealt with marketing and new policies, which involved meeting clients in the office, so they felt the need for a ‘showcase’ space.
There were 3 rooms at the onset, to be made into one. There was a requirement for ‘anchors’ i.e staff who were in the same place everyday, touchdown places, for staff who may pop in and out of the office, an informal meeting area, a briefing area with TV and video conferencing facility, and a separate office/meeting room, which needed to be part of the whole.
Colour is a way to create a stimulating and memorable space for all of these activities. The furniture is part of a system that was already in place at the council, and had been approved for the future refurbishment of the rest of County Hall.
I introduced a palette of colour which would not only be stimulating, but also help to zone the space. The end result was a greatly talked about space, that a lot of staff from other parts of the building were envious of, as their spaces were old and dull. It was used as an example of the type of thing that they could look forward to after the refurbishments had taken place.