Micro-architecture for the workplace

New working models correspond to new modes of expression to formulate space. Micro-architecture, dividers, partitions and panels, create a protected, quiet space for productive labor

Acoustic Room by Fantoni
Acoustic Room by Fantoni

Intelligent workplaces rely on the design of flexible facilities, suitable for smart work and all other needs, while also reducing the floorspace required for workstations, or modifying layouts to create functional work zones inside public or domestic settings. These micro-architectures offer privacy, safety and acoustic comfort, besides of course being outfitted with all the equipment and technologies that have become so indispensable today.

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Fantoni presents the Acoustic Room, a soundproofed oasis inside an open-plan office or a collective space, for temporary work positions, meetings and coffee breaks. The module is composed of 4akustik sound-absorbing panels, offering various levels of personalization. Acoustic Room has an air circulation system and internal lighting, built into the ceiling.

The Centro Progetti Tecno, with the collaboration of Elliot Engineering & Consulting, has created WQube, an architectural system of plug-and-play modules that can be freely developed. The cells have glass or opaque walls, high acoustic performance, lighting and ventilation, to guarantee optimal conditions of comfort.

Created to be rooms inside rooms, the BuzziNests are acoustic cabins and pod offices designed by BuzziSpace Studio, with built-in wheels and internal acoustic panels that foster peace and quiet. BuzziSpace has also provided a system of ventilation and LED lighting, relying on a sensor that detects movement, to eliminate useless consumption of electrical energy.

The panels of the Paravan collection, designed by Lievore Altherr for Arper, create corner and curve compositions that can be personalized in a wide range of finishes. Ideal for lounge areas, waiting rooms and co-working facilities, the collection includes shelving and coat racks, and options to enhance functional quality.

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The objective achieved by Skrivo Design in their collaboration with LaCividina on the Pinch collection of armchairs and sofas is to create areas in which to have moments of privacy inside public spaces or residential settings. The series takes its name from the original structure in metal tubing, which literally pinches the back and the sides, which take on the function of true padded walls to generate a sort of comfort zone.

For Manerba Amis, the trio Busetti Garuti Redaelli have created a versatile social table with an oak top, in two finishes: natural oak and mocha oak. The top is crossed by a track that can contain divider panels that rotate by 360°, also useful for the wiring of devices, attached to sockets placed in the metal tray below.

The modular system Bahlara, designed by Egidio Panzera for Faram, takes its inspiration from the dynamism of markets, where smart working, temporary working and flexibility find natural interpretations in fluid furnishings that are easy to lengthen, shorten and rearrange.