A New Structure
In particular, the company aimed to provide more structure to areas where people work directly with products, including designated spaces for designing, presenting and storing apparel.To kick-start the project, Viennese architects Caramel embarked on an intense discourse with the company’s change management team and workforce via questionnaires, interviews and design thinking workshops. The architects thus developed a solution that didn’t require any major structural work, instead coming up with highly adaptable new spatial modules whilst all existing furniture, along with the glass partitions, were re-used to ensure sustainability.
Leave your Traces
In a major step the idea of fixed desks for everyone was abolished, especially as barely 80 per cent of employees are present at their designated workplace at any given time. This freed up much-needed space to be used for meetings – there are now 300 meeting opportunities compared with 50 previously. All workplaces were moved to the window front, while glass walls were transferred to the inside of the space. Here, flexible modules, like the maker table, the collaboration table or the focus box, now offer custom-made work stations. All new elements were built from natural or recycled materials, whose surfaces can be used in a variety of ways (‘pin it, peg it, draw on it, put your magnets on, leave your traces’). Their rough, low-tech materiality provides a stimulating contrast to the high-tech materials and technologies of the products that are designed here.
|Sector||Sporting goods manufacturer|
|Gross floor area m2||30.000|
|Number of employees||2.200|
|Flooring||Fa. Knoblauch | Kasthal Carpets|
|Acoustics||Fa. Knoblauch | Buzzi Filz | design Filz | Gerriets GmbH | Kasthal Carpets|
|Workspace Furniture||Ikea tables | Febrü | Fa. Knoblauch | Corian | Nora Plan Kautschuck|
|Conference Furniture||Fa. Knoblauch|
|Technology||Harald Sinn IT|