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“The big challenge with a lot of creative studios is that they started with a small group of people, and as an agency grows to 10 or 20 people, suddenly you have people with different creative processes,” [design writer Rob] Alderson says. Historically, he says, workplace culture has skewed toward extroverts, thus the Ping-Pong tables and wacky flourishes that have become cliches at tech companies and are supposed to encourage employees to interact with each other.
You can view examples on FastCodesign.com
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What does creative space look like to up-and-coming startups? In short, it’s a collaborative environment with as much natural light as possible. Young companies need to provide an attractive work atmosphere for new hires, while offering something refreshing to their existing workforce.
For example, Tim Coburn, CEO of Boston startup Jebbit, in an article for Banker & Tradesman, wrote:
“Fostering collaboration: We really wanted something open and the tower of the Landmark building, where we are now located, offered 360 views of the city, big windows, bright light and open space – it was so different from everything else we looked at. It didn’t feel like a “classic office” and for us, that fit. Today we have orange bean bag chairs in the middle, for group meeting or conversation, and it’s wide open with a lot of desks around windows. White boards everywhere help us brainstorm on the spot.”
Tim Coburn’s article is published on Banker & Tradesman, here.
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Given the influx of new companies into Boston office space, architects and contractors have been busy. What we see today for newly fit spaces differs greatly from what we saw 10 years ago; companies want to create collaborative work environments with maximum efficiency.
Some do it more creatively than others. For instance, an article on The Washington Post references the Fuse Project’s ‘Public Office Landscape’ aesthetic by Yves Béhar:
“the design looks more like a modern coffee house in some ways than an office layout, combining bench seating and cafe tables with traditional office chairs and desks. Given the growing number of coffee-house denizens armed with laptops, they appear to be on to something. The design also does away with the traditional, closed-off meeting room, opting for more collaborative environments.”
You can check out a full image gallery on the Fuse Project blog