The office building is transforming from a static piece of concrete towards a flexible shell with internet connected infrastructure, called smart buildings. This shift is also reflected in the way that people work; from individual work in a fixed office space, towards collaborative project work in which people find their flexible desk every day. As delightful as it sounds, a downside is that people can have a hard time coping with this flexibility. To always know where you can find the people you work with, and to have a strong sense of community is essential for every employee.
The result of this graduation project, Flocc, is meant to create a feeling of belonging to the temporary workplace. Flocc builds upon Mapiq, which is a software platform for smart buildings. Mapiq integrates all of the sensors and services of a modern flex work office in one UI. Flocc is an exploration of how to bring the interface of a smart building platform into the physical realm.
Catelijne van Middelkoop
The design is based on a generative system that creates unique visual and auditory patterns for every project team. These identities are embedded in various ways throughout the office building, allowing employees to locate their project teams in a flex work office. At the same time the sense of community is strengthened by giving people a fixed reference in an ever-changing office environment. 3 Prototypes were made to show how the team identities can be utilized. First, an interactive lobby floor shows a collection of visual patterns and shows the direction towards each team. Afterwards, the patterns are projected in the ceiling above the workplaces for reference. Additionally the team identities are shown in Mapiq's smartphone app for detailed information. Flocc shows what can happen when technology celebrates the ambiguity of the way humans work in and interact with their physical environments.