Over the last decade there has been a steady progression in integration of nature in the workplace from wood panel installations and lush greenery to expansive windows and skylights. While an outdoor office concept might not work for everyone, it is interesting to look at what sectors or industries would benefit from this type of design and what that space could potentially look like from a fabrication standpoint.
The benefit of merging organized workspaces and nature is exponential when it comes to a company’s creative work ethic and above all employee morale. Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle, WA has recently developed a concept for a dome containing over 3,000 species of plants as an inspirational place for talking with a colleague, eating lunch or conducting a meeting. It is scheduled to be finished in 2018.
It is a concept that design firms have been experimenting with and researching since the early 2000s incorporating materials such as steel, wrought iron, synthetic resin, or teak to name a few. Some of dTank‘s go-tos for outdoor furniture include Trespa, 3form acrylics, and Caesarstone.
Trespa® Meteon® is a high pressure laminate that performs exceptionally well outdoors and stays looking great for many years. Sun and rain will have no significant effect on the panel’s surface.
After 25 years in El Segundo, Team One Advertising moved nearly 550 employees to its new headquarters in Playa Vista, CA (Silicon Beach). After completing the design and installation of the workstations, they requested that an outdoor area be integrated. dTank designed an exclusive outdoor area that would accommodate the large staff and serve as a popular meeting area for those wishing to get away from the confines of their everyday desk space.
Outdoor seating by dTank for Team One Advertising, Los Angeles.
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