Creating Solutions for a Diverse Work Space (part 2: Elasticity)

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Flexibility in Design

Last week we reviewed integration of fabric structures within the open floor plan office. Next in our diverse work space series, we will be looking at customization.

The customization of diverse open floor plans is what we will call Elastic design. Elastic design takes into account both privacy and interaction. It offers flexibility, mobility and transformation. The key to making individuals happy and productive is to have a mix of spaces for different activities and varying needs of privacy.

Elasticity expands from individual work spaces to group work spaces to quiet spaces. Each of these areas can be controlled with fabric architecture. We have already looked at individual work spaces and the concept of integration. Broadening this model, continuity and efficiency can be brought through to the larger work spaces as well. Tension fabric can take form as walls, ceiling canopies or even segmented pods. For these offerings, fabric offers flexibility, adaptability and personality and aids in creating a diverse choice of spaces. So, while not every distraction can be controlled within individual areas, there is the option to get up and move to a space that meets the needs for that point in time.

To read part 1 of this series, clickhere

To read part 3 of this series, clickhere

Allison Pocewicz

Allison Pocewicz

Allison has had a lifelong interest in multiple facets of design. Growing up between a sewing machine and a sketch pad, she went on to fine-tune her skills through studies in fine arts and fashion design. Upon entering the design/build industry, she continuously researches trends in various markets, including retail, hospitality, exhibitory/events, interiors and architecture in order to provide valuable educational and inspirational resources to clients.

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