Project team:


Architects: Ippolito Fleitz Group, Stuttgart/D
Lighting design: Lichtwerke GmbH, Cologne/D
Lighting designer responsible: Stefan Hofmann

14. Nov 2014

Zoned

Text: Joachim Ritter
Photos: Zooney Braun

Office environment concepts appear to be in a constant state of change. Sometimes it is open-plan offices that are all the rage, then the demand for one or two-man offices, and then projectspecific offices for teams of employees. The project presented here focuses on zoning office space, creating an overview of the office environment through light, ensuring every part of even a deep space is adequately illuminated, and defining work, conference and management areas accordingly. A highly flexible solution that ensures office staff is both happy and productive.

Drees & Sommer AG are internationally renowned for providing consulting, planning and management services covering all aspects of building design and construction. The company’s headquarters is in Stuttgart/D, with a further 35 locations worldwide. The new design of the head office also led to fundamental structural changes within corporate working and communications structures. Given the large amount of time most employees spend outside the office, one aim was to break with the tradition of fixed workplace allocation and to establish a non-territorial workstation system. Workstations that can be adjusted in height allow the individual user to adapt the workplace to suit his/her individual requirements. At the same time, optimum use is made of the available workspace. A mixture of separate individual offices and team workstations, combined with open multi-functional zones and more intimate zones for staff to retreat to to discuss in more privacy, guarantees flexible use of the space. The needs of different kinds of meetings are thus met through the varied and distinct range of communication zones. The concept bids a clear farewell to conventional “departmental thinking”. Employees work in a decentralised fashion, forming cross-functional teams of experts depending on the issue at hand. This modus operandi is far more efficient since it simplifies standard channels of communication.[…]

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The full version of the article can be found in PLD No. 95

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