Work Environments / DETAIL

Work Environments / DETAIL

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.


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

72 Smart working concept for Credit Suisse in Zurich / Camenzind Evolution

76 Factory building in Rehau / WEBERWURSCHINGER

80 group8 architects’ office in Geneva / group8

86 Unilever headquarters in Hamburg / Behnisch Architekten

92 Office building on the Novartis campus in Basel / Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani with Jens-Christan Bohm; Joos & Mathys Architekten

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

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Cite: Christopher Henry. "Work Environments / DETAIL" 21 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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