Wolcott Architecture Creates Adaptive Workplace for Allsteel
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In its design for the new Allsteel showroom in downtown Los Angeles, Wolcott Architecture Interiors created an adaptive workplace where the key component is flexibility: in planning, in space allocation, and in usage. A variety of seating options respond to different work styles and needs; for example, wingback chairs can be clustered together to create a sense of acoustic isolation for quiet discussions; moveable upholstered cubes can be arranged in tiered, stadium-style seating for brainstorming sessions; and semi-enclosed, freestanding booths fitted with benches and tables for private, heads-down work. Providing relief from dedicated work environments, “tech-free” areas are furnished with tables instead of desks and welcoming area rugs rather than wall-to-wall carpeting. Wolcott’s design lead for the project, Pam Juba, incorporated several features that focus on the health of the occupants of the building, including designated eating areas, access to daylight, concrete floors, and low-VOC materials. These features contributed to the showroom achieving WELL Gold certification in the Retail Pilot Program.