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The new zonal workspace

March 21, 2011

skype's new palo alto office by blitz design

Everyone knows that the office design of the 1950s that most of us still live with is well and truly dead.

Today, where creativity and collaboration rule, the 50s cube farm just isn’t going to suffice and pretty quickly you are going to find that your office space becomes the thing that’s holding you back from greatness.

The solution is to go out and hire yourself some architects who get the zeitgeist and can craft and create something that can give your corporation that edge it so badly needs.

People like the guys who did this new Skype space in Palo Alto who not only design great- they also know how to sell.

“The concentration zones (workstation areas) are pushed to the
building perimeter and benefit from natural light and lower noise
levels. Collaboration zones (meeting rooms, coffee kiosks, white board
areas) are centered along main access spines on each level encouraging
staff to literally “meet in the middle.” Contemplation spaces are
interspersed in the form of overlapping casual lounges.

It seems that this new “zonal” way of working is becoming all the more commonplace and it makes a lot of sense- as we blur the boundaries of work/play/life/creativity/ and look for spaces that allow us to get the best out of ourselves at that moment in time, but importantly, spaces that are designed for people to work together, rather than robotically and autonomously.

Skype’s design firm is Blitz
Via My Modern Met
Posted by Ed Cotton

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