- Sector. Education
- Location. Berkshire
- Size. 8000 sq ft
The request was for a revolutionary take on the traditional school library to create a modern collaborative working environment which encouraged group working but also provided quiet space for focused work. Our solution was to split the area into 2 main zones – one vibrant and colourful and designed to encourage group working, collaboration, informal meetings and brainstorming. The other area was a designated quiet zone with touch-down workstations available for focused work and aiding concentration.
This space is buzzing with interesting and stimulating design features. Probably the dominant feature is the bright yellow Hive informal meeting pod. This provides a funky space which can either be used for an individual work space or as a small group meeting space. There is a more formal meeting room with modular tables with the added interest of astro-turf flooring. Moving down the space you find a selection of soft seating pieces arranged for informal meetings. To one side is a stand-up meeting table with large LED screen which can be shared between a number of people. One either side of the stand-up meeting point are two bespoke hexagonal bookcases – again in bright yellow.
The Quiet Zone is separated from the Collaborative Space by a frameless glass partition wall and the difference between the two areas is immediately noticed. Noise levels are reduced, the colour palette is calming but makes good use of blue which has been shown to be the best colour to aid concentration. The eye is quickly caught by the fascinating Bubble Wall with it’s continual movement and subtle colour changing LED lighting. The bespoke touchdown desk arrangement snakes through the area and provides a flexible work area with power available at any position.