Knoll r/evolution ( Pt 2 / 4 ) @ Neocon 2014

Knoll r/evolution ( Pt 2 / 4 ) @ Neocon 2014


The pace and nature of work are changing at an energetic clip—driven by warp—speed technology innovations, a competitive economy and a diverse workforce with new expectations about the ecosystem of work.

The workplace is a powerful tool that can help organizations compete for talent, engage their people, realize new ways to innovate and increase speed-to-market.

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While solving for the modern workplace is complex, there is now an exciting level of freedom and opportunity to re-imagine what the workplace can do.

That’s where Knoll‘s r/evolution workplace™ comes in.

It is the Knoll platform to help our customers define their ideal next work environment—one that drives their unique missions forward. It all starts with proper planning. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, but rather four relevant ways to approach workplace planning—each with a distinct look, feel and functionality.

With Knoll r/evolution workplace™ we can help you create a workplace that inspires your people to do their best work.


Building Blocks for Planning

Today’s workplace must support not only processes, but also, and more importantly, people, culture and innovation—resulting in a diversity of WORK MODES, an explosion in the variety of WORK SPACES, and an array of WORK TOOLS required to promote inspired work and engage people.

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These are the building blocks needed to solve for the modern workplace.

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Perimeter planning, a classic approach to workplace design, places fixed enclosed spaces along the architectural perimeter while open spaces are positioned toward the building core.



Professional and structured, Perimeter planning chiefly supports individual “focus” work and linear work processes.






In Core planning, open spaces have access to the architectural perimeter and enclosed spaces line the building core.

A lack of barriers along the perimeter brings natural light into the workplace, along with a sense of parity.



Core planning allows for a balance of focus, shared and team work






Efficient planning seeks to maximize space utilization and minimize real estate cost and is sometimes coupled with alternative workplace strategies like telecommuting, flextime and free-address settings



An overall reduction in size of primary workspaces serves to flatten organizational structures and emphasize shared and team work.






Adaptive planning uses movable elements to define a variety of work settings, allowing flexibility to meet changing needs and enabling people to shape their work experience.



Adaptive planning seeks to connect people to each other and the organization by creating spaces for shared work and social activity.


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