A NEW TYPOLOGY OF WORKBENCH
We developed a new typology of workbench for Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra. We fused height-adjustable collaborative spaces with dedicated and non-dedicated workstations into a continuous, integrated cluster. This allows for fluid transitions between work modes in the lightest, most efficient footprint.
A comprehensive and diverse set of applications can be planned with the PIER system. This includes collaborative benching, focused workstations, hotdesking, conference tables, and individual table-desks for executives.
Configuration example for dedicated workstations.
Configuration example for team work with integrated collaboration area.
DESIGNED FOR TRANSFORMATION
Planning with PIER enables simple transformation of workstations into meeting spaces, and vice versa. This is achieved though the direct replacement or hot-swapping of work surfaces with meeting surfaces. Overall workstation footprint modules are preserved, and base assemblies, which include height adjustable mechanisms and cabling, remain completely intact.
By mixing individually height adjustable meeting spaces with owned and shared work places into a single cluster we designed an entirely new typology of workbench. One that celebrates human diversity, health and respects individual preferences. Easy build up sequences, flexible reconfiguration of clusters and smart cable management solutions were studied and prototyped.
Team meeting and management configuration.
Lukas Scherrer, Ulrich Oberwelz, Marion Decroix
Photography: Ariel Huber, Lausanne