For this project, my brief was to respond to todays issue of unhealthy working environments. The focus within this project lies in the user & the environment of that user. I took an existing creative office building, of which hosts a variety of tenants and propose a dedicated ‘break out’ space, - a space that is available either before, during or after work. This will require reclaiming a portion (500m2, over two levels) of the building. The design aims to create a stimulating environment that reduces stress, improves cognitive function & creativity and generally enhances wellbeing. The ultimate aim will be to allow the office workers to produce a greater work output, thus benefitting the client. Due to London being affected most in this topic, I have chosen the TEA building in Shoreditch, which boasts itself as the most creative office in London.
Upon conclusion of my research, inspired by eastern principles and how they effectively stimulate and encourage health and wellbeing through design, I propose an interior garden (self contained) on the downstairs (2nd floor) and a traditional bath house above (3rd floor) also self contained. This offers a direct biophilic experience for the user. I have responded with a light -touch ‘roll out’ design approach, using a considered palette of materials and finishes, applied as different floorings to suggest different spaces that allow the user to dwell – publicly or privately. Within my schedule of accommodation, I also include tea, meditation, art and reading spaces on the lower and a sauna and steam room on the upper, with particular emphasis on ‘the bathroom’ as a break space. The design method of focusing on pathways allows the user to ‘free roam’ the space as desired, aiming to allow them a ‘stroll in the park’ These combined aim to successfully increase relaxation prompting cognitive performance, creativity and enhanced wellbeing within a short space of time.