Workplace design in times of Covid 19
Surely none of us could have imagined at the beginning of the year how comprehensively our lives would change in a matter of weeks. The pandemic has made deep incisions into our collective daily life and it has long since been clear that we won’t see the like of those Christmas parties in far-off December again for some time to come. Similarly, our working life won’t be the same again for some considerable time yet. The question now is: how will workplace design change to adapt to the current and post-Corona world, and which of those changes will stand the test of time? We put these questions to a number of the most prominent designers and interior designers in Germany and worldwide. We’re now publishing their answers to these questions in our series “Workplace design in times of Corona”.
Sifting through a welter of evolving and often contradictory information, the design team created annotated space plans for every aspect of a multi-space environment. O+A’s Toolkit begins in the parking lot and proceeds through the lobby to offices and space typologies of every stripe. With guidelines for landlords and tenants alike, it addresses technical design issues—placement of workstations, meeting room alterations, kitchen design, etc.—as well as routine behaviors likely to become the new normal.
Will we change our shoes entering the office? Probably. Will we wear our masks full time? Definitely. Typically, O+A has not been content to assemble a purely technical guide. Drawing on its long-held belief that every environment is an experience, the company has shaped its Toolkit to address what the reality of working in these spaces will be. For a post-pandemic workplace to be successful, it will have to not only be safe, but feel safe to the people who occupy it.
O+A’s Toolkit imagines what a first day back might feel like, looks at the psychology of environmental design, and accompanies each space category with real-world suggestions for making it work. Illustrated by O+A’s graphic design team, the Toolkit includes an artful gallery of public health posters – Chin Up (But Keep It Covered) – and witty visualizations of our brave new workplace.
Because the pandemic story is ever-changing, the Toolkit will be an organic document, updated regularly with new research findings and product information. A Volume II assessing the long-term impact of the crisis and what work will be when the pandemic is behind us is presently underway in O+A’s work-from-home studios.
Click here for the Poster Set.
Studio O+A, San Francisco, Dezember, 2020
Statement: Studio O+A
Bilder: Studio O+A
Team: Primo Orpilla, Lisa Bieringer, Elizabeth Vereker, Laura Hapka, Al McKee, Paulina McFarland, Lauren Perich, Priyam Mehta, Sharon Sclarr, Sarah Hotchin, Chelsea Hedrick, Minnee Pham, Cathy Barrett, Kurt Ridgeway, Zoe Albean, Kokeith Perry, Edan Maoz, Emily Cano, Dan Kretchmer, Rachel Menesses, Dani Gelfand