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Today’s office environments place more and more emphasis on collaboration as their guiding
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principle — doing away with the idea of splitting up teams into their own compartmentalized
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areas and encouraging a cross fertilization of ideas instead.
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When setting the brief for its new premises in Shanghai, Envision asked for a specific
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control room within the office for its engineers dealing with problems in the field.
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It’s a global technology company, specializing in wind turbine technology, and so the office
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also needed to operate around the clock.
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But interior design firm M Moser Associates came up with a scheme that brought the engineers
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out into the open, so giving them better access to their support teams.
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The design expanded so the entire space became the control centre, with a large display wall
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at one end.
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Everyone can see this — so the whole office can help resolve a problem that is projected
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onto the wall.
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The concept of collaboration also influenced the way the office is organized.
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Picking up on the physics of airstreams, M Moser has designed a space that allows freedom
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of movement through it and encourages the 75 staff members to work both individually
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and in team environments.
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The hi-tech nature of the business is reflected in the sleek design of the workstations that
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have some of the characteristics of wind turbines.
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But for me, what really stands out in this workspace is the huge, central conference
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table sitting on the key axis of the office.
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It’s directly in front of the giant wall screens, ideally placed for company video conferences.
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And in keeping with the nature of the business, it has a strongly aerodynamic form which also
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extends to the bulkheads above and surrounding it.
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Overall M Moser has created an interior design for Envision that’s fully in tune with the
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company’s business, while at the same time encouraging a much more inclusive and collaborative
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way for staff to interact.

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