'make space but leave room'
‘I always believed in the phrase: “make spacebut leave room”. You can create guidelines and design the basics,but leave the rest to the users.’

Herman Hertzberger, 1974

The emotional attachment one should feel within an office space is disappearing phenomenon of nowadays. Our reality introduces ‘flex’ office organization with no individual spaces at all. What if our workplace could transmit our own taste?

'make space but leave room' investigates the level of freedom at the workspaces. Based on the idea of the gridiron plan, the space has been designed according to a grid that offers individual space to each employee. The decision of the size or the available surfaces offered had been made according to personal requirements. The grid is a basic design tool when the desired result is to create the choreography and the guidelines that correspond to the user’s freedom.

Single ‘2d’ elements are easily connected with each other creating a ‘3d’ self-supported structure. The families of the elements have differences in materiality and function. The basic gridiron structure is wood. Supporting panels are acrylic and isolation is achieved by acoustic panels.
As an after-effect, the employee will have the option to choose from a variety of materials, colors, textures the one that wishes to have.

Publication pdf:
Critical Histories of the Workplace |
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December 2016