Breakout Space design has often been placing some wacky soft seating and bean bags in some otherwise dead space. The Breakout Space is often thought of as just a space for staff to take a break, relax and recharge their batteries. However as new work practices gather pace it is becoming an increasingly important area. The aim of a good breakout space design is to create multi-functional work areas that can be used for informal meetings and collaborative work.
The term ‘breakout space’ is really a mis-nomer. It suggests to staff and management that if they are seen there they are assumed to be having a break. The fact is that, with the right technology and environment, a breakout space will become an invaluable work area. The breakout space design should support spontaneous meetings which will significantly reduce the demand on the traditional meeting rooms. A good breakout area design can also reduce delays in projects and decision-making due to meeting rooms not being available when needed.
It has been found that meetings conducted in a more informal environment are more productive for brainstorming and idea generation. There are many new designs for multi-functional breakout area furniture that have come on to the market in recent months. One of our favourites is the MEDIA BENCH which enables a number of persons to connect their portable device and can share their information on to the large lcd screen at the touch of a button.
The office breakout area is one of the 5 Key Zones needed for an effective desk-sharing or flexible work program. For more information on the principles of the Effective Working and how to apply them to your business have a look at the WHAT IS AGILE WORKING?‘ page..
Have a look at a BREAKOUT AREA CASE STUDY showing a cool breakout space design incorporating astro-turf, picnic benches and deck-chairs.