TOUCHDOWN AREA DESIGN
There is a growing need for people in offices and also public areas to have a touchdown area. This is because People need access to space where they can work for short periods using their mobile device. They need a touchdown area where they can work undistracted and also without distracting others. They are ideal for roving consultants or sales people who need a space to quickly catch up with their emails or maybe do some preparation before going into a meeting.
TOUCHDOWN AREAS ARE NECESSARY
Touchdown areas are a vital part of any Agile Working or desk-sharing program. They provide the buffer or overflow area at peak periods when everyone is on site. They can also act as quiet zones where persons can take that confidential phone call. A touchdown area can also be used for visitors or temporary workers. Touchdown areas are often situated in reception areas, outside meeting rooms or in circulation spaces.
PROs AND CONs OF TOUCHDOWN AREAS
Can be valuable multi-purpose spaces
Great for confidential phone calls
Can also be used as quiet working space
Provides a overflow capacity in busy times
Can be a waste of space if poorly designed
Needs a good cleaning rota in the post-Covid world
Touchdown Area Design Case Studies
Also take a look at this interesting CASE STUDY for SportPursuit in London. This industrial style office design and refurbishment included a range of different work areas with the design. In addition to the main office area they wanted to have quiet working areas, touchdown areas and informal meeting spaces. As in this case study you find that a number of spaces can be designed as multi-use areas.
Most office design schemes include touchdown areas and some other case studies that give examples are below.
AERIAL DIRECT in Segensworth, Fareham, Hampshire.
RISKFIRST in London
A particular product that we feel works very well as a touchdown area is the TOOtheLOUNGE by AGILITA.