How workplace design can support your company goals

Case study: Impact Hub Westerpark | Coworking Space

The Impact Hub Westerpark occupies the first floor of the factory former administration building it is an elegant red brick building that dates from the end of the 19th century. It is a place specifically for social entrepreneurs, working in fields such as sustainability, corporate social responsibility, human rights and personal development. The role of impact hub Amsterdam is to facilitate people who blend doing with inquisitive thinking about the state of the world, and through understanding how the mind works in dynamic environments enable critical thinking in a safe space. It’s this awareness of the interrelationship of spatial dynamics that fostered a desire to develop a deeper understanding of how to create a collaborative inspired an connected place that would powerfully support and accelerate entrepreneurial work collective impact and mutual success.

The Impact Hub workplace, designed by AKKA in 2013, was designed to promote human interaction. In the Impact  Hub, every space and its furniture has one purpose: fostering interaction. To do so we had to consider all sorts of possible interactions which are crucial for collaboration and innovation. In this project, we invited people to start using the space before it was completely finished and we monitored their use and behaviour in the space. This approach allowed us to design the space on the basis of peoples’ flows and the created interaction hubs that we observed people created organically. Here people are engaged with different activities because the space supports diversity. In the Impact Hub, the design of the workplace is adaptable to new needs, new experiences and for different people to make it their own and keep it relevant for their ever-changing needs in this manner.

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