I actually like this strange piece of ‘acoustic micro architecture’ from Vivero, called Tomago.
The open office might be a failed experiment — making employees less productive, less creative, and more stressed,, whether or not they’re introverted — but most companies aren’t likely to immediately go back to cubicles or Don Draper-style full-blown offices (with a bar) for everyone. Maybe there’s middle ground: A new hood-like dome is designed to give you a little privacy even when there aren’t any walls nearby.
“[It] helps you to create an immediate territory of your own by eliminating elements that interfere with your concentration, such as noise or visual distractions,” says Yuki Abe, a designer at Finland-based Mottowasabi, who created the hood with his partner Anna Salonen. “At the same time, it signals to others that you are not to be disturbed.”
I wonder how much this cuts noise? But even a little might help a lot given all the open offices taking over, despite the noise and crowding.
Originally published at stoweboyd.com on 23 February 2016.