Spaceoasis, originally known for its trademark Curvpress ® pods, developed in conjunction with Marks Barfield Architects, has grown into a company that designs brilliant, purposeful work and learning environments. Spaceoasis MD, Simon Hick, tells in.Design more.
What is the current focus for Spaceoasis?
We’ve always concentrated on creating purposeful environments with functionality at their core. What that means currently is spaces designed for collaboration, creative thinking and team-working with a focus on agility and writable surfaces.
Our clients are looking for a more relaxed, collaborative way of working. Getting people away from their desks so they can network and make connections boosts innovation. Designing environments that deliberately facilitate serendipitous encounters – those spontaneous chats that unlock ideas – is a key trend. Where you put the best coffee machine shouldn’t be left to chance!
So, are the desk’s days numbered?
Not everyone needs a desk all the time. The ‘third space’ concept is increasingly popular and people now do around 50% of their work away from their desk. There’s a reason people like going to coffee shops to work; that 70db buzz is conducive to creative thinking. A silent office isn’t a great place to make a call or hold a Skype meeting, so you need a variety of spaces for different types of work. You’ll still need some desks and team desking, which is curved to enable eye contact between people. This is better at facilitating collaboration than straight rows.
Why is having a variety of spaces essential?
Wellbeing in the workspace is becoming a priority for companies that want to attract and retain the best talent. Creating varied environments people actively want to be in shows that you care about your employees. They feel good at work so they’re more likely to stay.
You mentioned agility. Why is that important?
We’ve been working with a neuroscientist on optimising environments and being able to change your environment builds a sense of ownership; you become more invested in the space and more engaged. Also, it is proven that movement improves cognitive performance by boosting the oxygen supply to your brain, so we design environments that enable it.
How are you embracing the growth in popularity of writable surfaces?
We developed LearningSurface ®, a high quality writable surface solution that can be applied to pretty much any surface, whether it is horizontal or vertical. You can have tables, screens, interior and exterior pod walls and even entire walls clad in LearningSurface ® – epic, freeform canvases for ideas.
What does the future hold?
We’ve completed a few projects where we handled the entire fit-out from start to finish. It’s a new area for us and one that might be the logical next stage of our evolution. Watch this (well-designed) space!
To find out more about Spaceoasis, visit www.spaceoasis.com