The not quite sexy task of finding the right layouts.
We spend most of last week completing our space function outline as well as creating and reviewing the first iteration of our layout options. Now that we have a decent idea of the various functional requirements we are ready to dig a little deeper and provide a bit more definition on the various options.
Since the location of the different areas is all relatively stable at this point, we will focus instead on creating different options for each of the four major areas.
The Conference/ Kitchen area:
Since this is the area that requires the most amount of flexibility we will start here and look at several options, each offering various degree of customization.
Conference/ Kitchen Area: Option A
This is our baseline option for our current iteration; we moved the camera closet into the conference room and provided a set of large lockable sliding doors. This eliminates the need for a short corridor inside the closet and allows us to enlarge the conference room. The straight corridor also let us create a more cohesive, U shape kitchen.
Conference/ Kitchen Area: Option B
An evolution of Option A, this option takes back some additional spaces from the straight corridor in Option A, which breakup the monotony of having a long corridor with an angled end wall. We went back to our L shaped kitchen configuration in this instance.
Conference/ Kitchen Area: Option C (Normal)
Conference/ Kitchen Area: Option C (Extended)
We continue to work on refining our radical option C, where we exchange the permanent partition between the conference room and kitchen area with a set of movable partition on 2 sets of rails. This option will allow for the entire back area to be open up and used for different functions. A single door was added to the entrance of this area to provide some additional separations but will remain open (and hidden) most of the time. The movable panel closest to the entrance will be configured as the primary door into the conference area. We also suggest using wheeled shelving unit for prop storage to allow for additional flexibilities.
The Editing Rooms:
In one of our previous scheme we experimented with angling the side wall to the larger editing room to further increase the amount of space available for the director and clients at the rear of the editing room. Since the angled wall did not really make much sense in the adjacent open work area. We decided to experiment with angle the wall between the editing rooms instead, which leads us to:
Editing Rooms: Option A
A simple angled wall increases the width where it is needed more, a straight forward alternative that seems to work quite well.
Editing Rooms: Option B
Option A got us thinking about utilizing the same idea for all four editing rooms. Unfortunately this option also requires that the entrance to one of the standard size room be place at the opposite end, which in turn squeezes the larger editing room further toward the rear of the workspace. Will better efficiency and nicer décor offset the trouble of the longer walk?
The Open Work Area:
We were leaning more towards keeping the seating area towards the Southern end of this area during our previous discussion. This keeps the work area relatively cohesive and also places the seating area closer to the private offices. In the event that we decide to explore using movable partitions the area between the desk and seating area can potentially become holding areas for extra panels.
Open Work Area: Option A
Our baseline scheme remains largely unchanged from our last iteration.
Open Work Area: Option B
A variation is needed to account for the rear entrance requirements from the Editing Room: Option B scheme. We also experiment with using the center isle table setup which allow for easier access to the adjacent walls which makes more sense if the white board will be located in this area.
The Private Offices:
The layout of this area is relatively stable. We did experiment with flipping the layout of the corridor since it generally allows for more daylight penetration into the work space.
Private Offices: Option A
A slight variation on our previous iteration, the entrance to the end office was moved further out to provide more breathing space for the secretarial in that office.
Private Offices: Option B
Our radical office layout flip; this is actually a layout scheme that we have seem quite a bit recently. Perimeter corridor tends to promote more transparency and is popular in more decentralized offices. Glass fronted office would be required for this option to work so there are some cost consideration here.