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Product Design
Published: 1 Jun 2017

Office Design Entices Innovation and Collaboration

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L-R: Teamlab, Ministry of Design

Smart companies are investing in office design to boost innovation, encourage collaboration and reflect aspects of their specific industries. To attract the best talent, spaces focus on inspiring employees and showing off a strong company identity. We explore the workspaces that are getting it right: 

  • Digitally Driven: Japanese art collective Teamlab has created an immersive digital office for Dmm.com – a video and game-streaming platform based in Tokyo – to reflect the company’s high-tech entertainment identity. Featuring virtual experiences across five floors, employees and visitors walk through a digital waterfall entrance into jungles enhanced with greenery, where they are guided by interactive signage. Teamlab also created a 1km-long table with a digitally inspired pattern that follows an open-plan floor. The table snakes and curls through the space, creating small nooks and seating areas that encourage communication and collaboration. See our Sacred Design Direction for more tech-enabled extraordinary interactions and Designed for Fun: Home, Work & VR for work environments encouraging play.
  • Futuristic Aesthetics: Singapore-based architecture firm Ministry of Design created a futuristic training facility for Race Robotics Lab, a local industry initiative for robotics and automation education. To inspire engineers, the facility is designed to visualise industrial automation and precision. The lab’s walls and ceilings are covered with a three-dimensional faceted surface featuring hand-cut linear aluminium rods and LED light strips that challenge perceptions of space. For more tech-influenced spatial designs and visual directions, see our Amplify Design Direction and Filtered Reality: Colour.
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