We had had hoped that by forcing the desks as close together as possible we would invite intense collaboration, while creating room for shared space, and team collaboration elsewhere on the floor plate.
April in the Kitchen.
The kitchen was a fun project. As a small design studio, we had a limited budget and worked with low cost materials to create moments that were very designed and super functional.
We sourced the cabinets from Home Depot, John Truex installed and built the Island unit with Butcher Block from IKEA, a great value that we used as a back splash and wall.
We integrated a kegerator system to facilitate events with beer provided by our then client, Brooklyn Brewery.
The back half of the space was designed as flex space, that could be used for social gatherings, team activities, or even photo/video shoots. The floors were covered with a low cost recycled rubber to reduce noise transference to the floor below, however the downstairs neighbors would argue that it didn't work very well.
The Stage Conference Room.
The conference room was designed to double as a stage. The stage was used for small performances, panel discussions, and lecture series. The height of the floor was set to match the sill height of the windows to make looking out the window all the more exciting. We assumed a monochromatic palette of orange. The wood pattern on the floor was designed by members of thehappycorp design team.
Stage Conference Room.
The Conference Room, doubled as a stage that was used for guest lectures, rockband sessions, and internal seminars. It allowed for the entire company to easily congregate and share information.
We designed rolling storage units that fit underneath the stage that was used for art supplies, and event related equipment.
The Stage Conference Room.
On the Lafayette side of the space, we chose to elevate the conference room to make the floor at the level of the window sills. This heightened the view of the neighboring buildings and the bustling traffic below. The walls were covered in chalkboard paint as a canvas for the creative people that we worked with. Heavy White curtain was used as the conference room door.
See through bathroom walls.
The adjacent bathrooms had a shared wall made of frosted acrylic glass. The inner works of the bathroom were exposed to capture intrigue, and to bring natural light into the interior bathroom.
These pink urinals were sourced in the UK, and were set off my motion sensors. They had the tendency to go off at random and scare you when you were working late at night.
Stretched Fabric Walls.
The happycorp lowered it's overhead by renting desks to other businesses, and formed a co-working model to allow for businesses to collaborate.
The challenge came when we needed to protect the equipment and possessions when we hosted events at night.
We worked with Truex to created a giant spandex wall that ran the entire length of the space, in order to deter guests from exploring the desk area.
The kitchen area and back area was generally used for entertaining shooting photos and videos, and having gatherings. We worked with John Truex to Created a system of spandex fabric that could be used as dividers to create individual sections/