Our client, The Barbarian Group, creates online consumer experiences. They have blazed a trail exploring how technology can invigorate and empower people in connectivity. With a highly constrained budget, we adapted an existing 20,000 SF space for 125 -175 Barbarians, recycling perimeter rooms and services for acoustic controlled areas, while surgically clearing the central zone.
Conventional office tools are now largely redundant. People need to connect to people: they need flat surfaces for laptops or other equipment, and accessible places to meet and collaborate. We got excited about massively simplifying the concept to show how different an office could be when the ?job description? is altered.
With these simple needs, we imagined of a kind of endless table that connected everyone. Working on the same continuous surface would the company in a single mission. Like electrical wire, the table becomes a medium for centering a community.
The plywood structure arises from the existing oak floor as pony walls supporting the table. Because movement routes bisect the space, we lifted the table to ?fly? over pathways and maintain surface continuity. The resulting cave-like spaces underneath these ?arches? are characterized by a vigorous plywood coffer structure and offer numerous amenities. They can accommodate meetings up to 8 people, provide focused workspace, and house bookshelves and other storage. The clear epoxy top surface, an ethereal pearlescent white, emphasizes the fluid nature.
A physical model was transposed from hand drawings, and thereafter designs were entirely shaped by a computer. Analysis by the engineer of a detailed model constructed by the architects was laser-cut into sections by off-site robots. In its final form, the table consists of 870 unique plywood panels, 4,400 square feet of table surface and 1,100 linear feet of perimeter edge surface with a starting density of 5?-0? linear foot per person.