The entrance to an office is the single most common area people pass through every day. It is a gateway, the moment of arrival and the space that defines the culture and vibe of the office beyond. This is the front door, the gateway directly connected to the main streets that take you into the neighbourhoods, teams and departments. If these routes are generous, lit with sunlight, with seating in them, capturing views to the outside, they are vibrant places and not just corridors.
Cafes, kitchens and collaboration spaces are the places people go to be social and integrate into the richness of the organisation. Quiet rooms, libraries and outdoor spaces can be places to go for retreat or quiet conversation. Outdoor rooms are special spaces, allowing us to gather, eat, sit, talk, meet and work, to be still, but outdoors, much like small Public Squares.
Pulling together all these functions and needs in a manner that best supports the inner workings and heart of the organisation creates the richness of the city on a microscopic scale.