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Whilst the old fashioned meeting room will never become entirely extinct, the break out space is fast overtaking its older sibling as top dog in terms of flexible office space; with some great potential for imaginative design too. Ideal for informal meetings, phone calls and team projects, the break out spaces featured here should give you the inspiration you need to think about redesigning your own office space.
1. The ASOS headquarters in London takes inspiration from the fashion brand and retailer’s work – with textiles, colour and patterns coming together to form a set of central design features. They reflect the brand’s youthfulness and vibrancy and help ASOS to attract the high calibre recruits it’s come to require. Their multiple break out spaces suit the sort of recruit ASOS is targeting by providing aesthetically stimulating but calming and functional spaces too.
2. This Wayra QA Studio in London is designed with its target group of employees – young, digital start-ups from across the globe – in mind. Bean bags encourage open discussion and the floatation of new ideas whilst the attention to a variety of geographies is reflected in the design of the smaller break out rooms and use of maps in the décor.
3. Virgin Management’s London Office is a large open plan space that has been divided into a series of zones named after household rooms. These zones are strategically located to encourage movement through the office and increase chance interaction among employees. The Persian rug in the ‘living room’ creates a homely feel for this break out space whilst ‘the lobby’ and ‘the dining room’ are equally flexible spaces.
4. Lend Lease’s London Offices used reclaimed timber and cor-ten steel. Their break out spaces combine elements of lifestyle and workplace in a way not dissimilar to Virgin Management’s in order to encourage collaborative working and create a sense of community amongst employees.
5. The various comfortable work zones at OND London allow for employees to use the space flexibly – be it for short meetings, collaborating over coffee, small hubs for intimate focus groups and larger meeting areas with a variety of seating options for bigger groups.
6. Creston’s headquarters were transformed in 2001 with the brief to drive business performance through collaboration, integration and communication. Break out spaces fitted the bill perfectly, allowing staff to come together for informal as well as social meetings and so the space creates opportunities for all staff to come together through team working and chance meetings.
Fancy your own creative, multi-functional and stimulating break out space? Then get in touch with The Invisible Painter and see what we can do for you.
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