Colab – Future Workspace – Group E

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By George Cardwell

Area of Investigation: Co working spaces which are flexible and inclusive to all. We will be looking at the potential uses of the space after working hours of the day.

Locally sourced produce will be featured and small spaces for shops would be ideal for this space.


By George Whitehead


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By Kelly Hartland

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I’ve looked into sustainable materials because not only does it attract more people, but it’s what we, as designers should all consider when creating spaces or furniture. I’ve looked at which building materials are the best to use when choosing flooring, walls and construction, as well as researching about reclaimed materials and promoting this way of creating new furnishings.

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I’ve made some points of factors to include/consider when creating a cowering workspace. I have used key information from the Herman Miller representative and from the Orange box rep when they gave us lectures about creating a working environment that is collaborative, promotes productivity and creativity.


The journey from to the site inspired me to make a concept based on what I saw; the Great Malvern Hills. Along the journey, I was charmed by the panoramic view of the malvern hills. Since, the Malvern hills is very popular in Worcestershire, I wanted to include this in the design concept and give a cultural reference to the site which can attract more visitors. The triangulated geometry of the hills can be transferred and transformed into interesting plans and furniture.



I first listed what facilities we would need in the site. We came up with having: Cowering spaces, reception, breakout space, cafe, gallery and a retail space. I have created 4 different zonal plans in order to try which is the best layout and which works the best for the given site.


I looked into architect Daniel Libeskind because I knew that he creates unconventional structures that is similar to our design concept therefore I decided to further study one of his buildings: The Denver Art Museum. This building interested me because of its unusual design and his use of sharp angles in his plans.


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I’ve created these 4 different 3d isometric layouts which shows the design of the building and where each facility goes. I’ve created these angular shapes which mimics the folded geometry of origami and I was also inspired by Libeskind’s design language. I’ve experimented in Vectorworks and came up with 4 different ideas which could serve as a potential plan for the site.


Research Into a few existing products that are low, mid and high cost desk and table options:

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I made sketches of different chair ideas inspired by origami shapes. These chairs are soft seating which can be used in the breakout space where people can relax in these comfortable and stylish chairs.

Furniture Designs and Concepts:

The Desk Concept:

This design initially started out to encourage anyone to be able to work on these desks. Being flexible in the sense that the space can accommodate anyone and whatever they are working on, from small laptop and notepads to large architectural drawings.

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The geometric design represents the surrounding area of the Malvern hills, but also having looked in to origami these shapes could coexist in many designs and forms of paper folding. We wanted to take this idea forward and try to represent it all in our furniture.

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Materials : The tables would be made from a combination of hardwood table tops, potentially oak or ash with corresponding legs or an alternative method of using diecast aluminium or fabricated steel legs. (welded)

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These tables are designed to be put together to create more surface spaces and to motivate a more social and enjoyable work space, this is due to the face that multiple people can sit round the table at one time no matter how different the tasks may be.

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By George Whitehead

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I’ve created the site model in 1:100 scale using foam boards, mount board, acetate, and balsa wood. I first stuck the scaled plan onto two pieces of A3 mount boards to serve as a base and I’ve built up the model using the plan as a reference. I’ve used foam board for the exterior wall, mount board for the interior wall, acetate for the glass walls and windows, and balsa wood to serve as the posts.

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