We recently got to preview the newest addition to In DETAIL’s typological series, Work Environments: Spatial concepts, Usage strategies, Communications. It will be available next month (August 2011), and it is great for anyone who is interested in improving a user’s working conditions beyond the basic ergonomic and safety requirements. The first third of this volume deals with spatial organization, acoustics, lighting, and user satisfaction. The rest of the volume features projects from which the various concepts developed in the first third can be used to analyze them. I, personally, enjoyed the section on user satisfaction and how to measure it. After reading this section I speculated how researchers would control for the various confounding factors that exist in the uniqueness of each building presented in the rest of the book. This would not be an easy task by any means, but the necessity of such research is made clear throughout this volume. Read more after the break.
Product Description: The requirements confronting our workplaces have recently undergone a dramatic transformation. Constantly shifting workspace populations and varying uses of workspace call for flexible spatial structures, and so do new professions and innovative working methods. The planning of workspaces is influenced by the digitalization of our storage media as well as by new materials and building technologies. And yet for all the importance of flexibility and technology, the ultimate focus is still on human beings. How, then, can the multilayered concepts of indoor climate, lighting, acoustics, and ergonomics be reconciled with spatial structures that lend themselves to a wide variety of uses? In keeping with the typological approach of the series, this volume of the series In DETAIL presents the various working environments organized according to use. The focus throughout is on the successful interplay between technical standards, organizational structures, and human needs. Contents 8 New work environments / Christian Schittich 10 The world of office work in flux – usage strategies and freedom of choice / Martin Kleibrink 18 Typology of research buildings / Dieter Gromling 26 Office design and knowledge economy / Burkhard Remmers 35 “Success factor office” – myth or key to sustainable business success? / Claudia Hamm Bastow 38 Ergonomic workplace design / Sylke Neumann 45 Acoustic design in open-plan offices / Rainer Machner 50 Planning of integrated daylight and artificial lighting for the work environment / Katja Scholzig 54 User satisfaction as a measure of workplace quality in the office . Andreas Wagner, Karin Schakib-Ekbatan 58 Projects 60 Office building of Claus en Kaan Architecten in Amsterdam / Claus en Kaan Architecten 64 Volksbank in Salzburg / BKK-3 with Johann Winter 67 AachenMunchener head office in Aachen / kadawittfeldarchitektur
98 Romboll head office in Copenhagen / DISSING + WEITLING architecture 102 The Yellow Building in London / Allford Hall Monaghan Morris 108 Rena Lange headquarters in Munich / David Chipperfield Architects 114 Nya Nordiska headquarters in Dannenberg / Staab Architekten
120 voestalpine Steel Service Center in Linz / x architekten 124 Office and warehouse of the Sohm company in Albershwende / Hermann Kaufmann 128 Depot of the Municipality Poing / Allmann Sattler Wappner Architekten 132 Handicraft estate in Valbonne / Comte & Vollenweider 136 Sedus Stoll research and development centre in Dogern / ludloff+ludloff Architekten 140 Trumpf development centre in Ditzingen / Barkow Leibinger Architekten 146 “Projekthaus” of the BMW Group in Munich / Henn Architekten 149 Special laboratories at the University of Leipzig / schulz & schulz 152 Frauhofer Institute in llmenau / Staab Architekten 158 Courtyard at the Czech Technical University of Prague / Vysehrad Atelier 162 Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne / SANAA
168 Project Data – Architects 174 Authors 175 Illustrations Credits Editor: Christian Schittich Hardcover: 176 pages Publisher: Birkhauser Architecture (August 1, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 3034607245 ISBN-13: 978-3034607247