Work & City Lab
Research Associate: Imogen Privett
Research partner: Haworth
The drive for management efficiency in modern office design has tended to overlook the importance of individual psychological comfort in the workplace. As a result, many workplace environments are designed as psychologically impoverished ‘lean’ spaces, which do nothing to enhance company culture. This study explores how the language of theatre design can contribute to creating more expressive and effective office environments for people.
Drawing on the idea of ‘maximum effect through minimal means’, the project began with archival research into pioneers of modernist stage design. A set of six scenographic techniques used to create mood and atmosphere was identified, based on the application of light and shadow, projection and effects, screens, levels, colour and vista. These fundamental techniques were then developed into a ‘vocabulary’ of effects that could be adapted to the office environment – a ‘kit of parts’ to address people’s psychological needs. The research explored how particular cultures of performance at work can be enhanced. The study will now go into a second year to develop key stage components into a practical office-based system.
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