The key to an effective breakout space is in the interior design. Not quite a room, it’s an easy way to design open office retreats for small team meetings without hogging a conference room. Here’s a look at the free-standing enclosures, elevated platforms, and “wall-free” spaces replacing cubicles and closed doors in modern offices.
Below are some well designed breakout spaces.
Cisco – San Francisco
Lowe Campbell – Detroit
Designed by Neumann/Smith Architects. See more photos on Office Snapshots or watch their video tour:
Box HQ – San Francisco
Github HQ – San Francisco
Y&R Group – Sydney
Thumbtack – San Francisco
Motorola – Chicago
Ogilvy & Mather – Jakarta
Facebook – Menlo Park
Feeling inspired? While a full office redesign may be outside of scope, your office might benefit from a makeover. Change the layout by moving existing furniture to create private spaces. Getting a few new chairs, a table, and even a rug to create a visually separate space with use of color can give people a new spot to work and truly appreciate the design that went into it.
Tips on scheduling break out spaces
Though many see a break out area as a place to grab on the fly when it happens to be free, adding it to your meeting room calendars means people can check on the space availability before carrying their laptop across the office. You can make it easy to book on arrival, too. Add a room display and people can check if someone has scheduled the space or if they can book it and get to work.