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3 years ago

Office Space

Office space is something many companies don’t get.

Sure, you should have a wide table, a comfortable chair and a fast workstation. But that is not the goal of the modern office. You can have this all at home. The real goal of the office is to enforce communication. Creative work doesn’t happen at your desk, as you should already know.

A good office setup enforces communication. It has many places where people can sit and chat. It has many whiteboards and cork-boards. It has comfortable meeting rooms, a kitchen, a shower, coffee machines, a bar and a sports room. You are here to meet people and to talk to them face-to-face.

Traditional office kills creativity.

Our new office is different. It is designed to help people meet and talk.

  • Guest

    Looks great :) when can I come and work with you? :)

  • Lyndsay Prewer

    Cool – it even looks like a spaceship too!

  • Peter McEvoy

    While I don’t disagree with your observations about creative places and fostering ideas, there are 238 desks in the top layout, and 84 in the bottom. It’s not right to equate the two. I wonder what an optimal square-foot-per-employee ratio would be? Or perhaps a better metric would be square-foot-of-collaboration-space-per-employee would fit better with your argument?

  • Michael Dubakov

    @google-66f50b907e806abb7fb90b610766ac2c:disqus Nice observation :) Let’s do some math. Top layout is 1830 square meters with 238 desks. Bottom layout is 1320 square meters with 88 desks. Top office is about 40% larger, so if we take this into consideration, in a similar bottom office we can have about 120 desks.

    It means in the bottom office we have twice less square-foot-per-employee ratio.

    The point is not to stuff the office as tight as possible, but to use space intelligently and care about people, communication and creativity.

  • Guest

    Looks great :) when can I come and work with you? :)

  • Peter Kerschbaumer

    I think there could be even more space where teams could form and work spontaneously. That needs actually a lot more office space. Also the three parts of the second office are build around a staircase/elevator center. A much better use of that space would have been to connect the office with that space… and promote spontaneous meetings in the center. Actually I think the second one is not better than the first one, just smaller and in a different shape… maybe not so stuffed but not really different.

  • Michael Dubakov

    @PeterKerschbaumer:disqus “I think there could be even more space where teams could form and work spontaneously” 88 desks don’t mean there will be 88 ppl in the office. In we plan to have 20% of rooms free to enable teams forming. In this case some people will always have an empty room to gather together and work on something.

    Also we are going to have wheels on every table to simplify the process.

    I agree about central area, but it is given, so we can’t change that.

    “Actually I think the second one is not better than the first one” that sounds crazy to me. It is better in all possible ways except packing.

  • Peter Kerschbaumer

    hahaha… I guess I’m just jealous :)

  • Jauhen Kutsuk

    If I were you I would paint toilets with blue too! The real places where ideas are born.

  • Edilberto Durano

    An interesting concept, but I think horizontal buildings eat up a lot of space than vertical ones. We could erect more buildings and offices if we’re into vertical architecture, I guess. Ed of

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