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Spaces for hybrid teamwork

PHAT Consulting has been working with clients for more than 20 years to develop individual digital solutions. As experts in transformation processes and hybrid forms of work, the teams live what they sell: flexibility and location-independent teamwork. An expansion of the office in the same building is now intended to spatially support the varying number of employees on-site, changing teams and their shared-desk working methods.

Based on the insights we gathered with the client about their wishes, experiences, and needs, as well as the spatial and behavioural patterns we identified, we worked with the client to develop a spatial concept. The employees did not need more of the same but different possibilities – a new space of possibilities. After an initial meeting in our studio, PHAT was convinced by the SCOPE furniture system, as our concept matched the processes of the teams and the brand.

“The office is the soul, a place full of team spirit – the office is togetherness.”

Armin WarneckeSenior Designer & Project Lead

User research and context analyses in the client’s teams served as the starting point for the design feeling process. From the employees’ wishes and needs, we derived characteristics of how the new rooms should feel like and what the PHATies needed, together with the senior management team.

  • Rooms for team meetings, workshops, collaboration and a place for a quick, temporary, individual rest
  • Individual workstations for concentrated work, training and exams
  • Options for organizing utensils and supplies
  • An area with sufficient space for presentations and events

Feeling, draft, form – function, space, furniture

PHAT answers the question of why people still go to the office today with team spirit, teamwork, and fun! The combination of common rooms (with foosball, several pinball machines, a ping-pong table and a DJ set-up) and various work settings offer space for fun and concentrated work – quality of residence through variety!

“The more you learn about the productivity and happiness of office workers in different settings, the more obvious it is that on key ingredient is often overlooked: choice. Some employees really might be better off at home, others might prefer the cubicle, and some might thrive in an open office. You also have to acknowledge that no one environment will be ideal for every task.”

Freakonomics RadioApril, 2019

The new division of the space, based on different functions, is integrated into the existing work settings and creates a stage for SCOPE. The result is an open area for transformation walls, a large room for workshop trolleys, two meeting rooms with round tables and booths for individual work situations.

f.l.t.r.: Concept model, conversion, shortly after the end of the conversion work

Analog structures for digital processes

The development processes of digital products can be mapped spatially with the rearrangeable furniture. Whether all-hands or four-eye meetings, workshops or retros – the furniture is designed for methods of non-linear processes so that all group sizes can find a suitable setting, from vision planning meetings to releases.

Regionally designed and produced

Sustainability and digitalization are among the most important topics of recent decades and are the greatest future challenges. They have a strong influence on the fundamental social change that is currently taking place.

“Ultimately, digitalization, like sustainability, is about a fundamental transformation: of familiar processes, thought patterns and people's ways of working and acting.”

PHAT Nachhaltigkeitsbericht2019-2020

The materials used for SCOPE are sustainable and were inspired by the office and the character of PHAT. A characteristic of the existing office is the clarity of the materials used (steel, glass, concrete, linoleum, wood). SCOPE is customizable and adaptive. All materials can be added back into the material cycle for recycling, as they are easy to separate from each other and still form high-quality furniture. In addition, local and regional production means that no long transportation routes are necessary.