Effortless connectivity. Effective acoustics. Ambient lighting. Comfortable and functional furniture. These are just some of the many key ingredients in experiential huddle space design - so what you get are workspaces fit-for-purpose.
So What is Experiential Design?
Ok, some say millennials are likely the group to thank for inspiring the huddle room. They were born with the Internet, with a robust appetite for technology and social engagement. They are acclimated to demanding more flexibility, and the workspace eventually was no exception.
With a design based on their technology needs, they want their workplaces to be transformed into engaging, interactive, and immersive experiences such that they can get their work done. Important aspects that experiential design aims to address.
In the context of the huddle model, experiential design is simply an architecture that engages workers anytime, wherever they may be. Also, not all meetings and interactions merit a closed-door, formal setting.
The huddle room is a small space that can physically accommodate a handful of people, but experiential design intends to make room for team members who are working at home, on the road, or elsewhere.
Connectivity on both ends is a big consideration and functional audiovisual an imperative. AV conferencing, updates, chats, and impromptu brainstorming are virtual gatherings that fast track efficiency, decision making, and productivity.
AV Options in Collaboration Design
We're not just saying it because that's what we do. It's a no-brainer - AV can be an effective collaboration tool in a huddle space when designed an integrated into a system fit for purpose. The role of AV in experiential design of the huddle space makes all kinds of participation possible. Regardless of location.
Video, shared screens, interactive smart boards, and other AV technology helps participants facilitate successful meetings. As an AV Integrator, it is your job to work with clients to figure out what design elements will meet their needs.
Do they want newer technology like augmented reality? An AR overlay on top of the existing environment can keep participants fully engrossed in the meeting while giving them information they need.
What about VR? If your client has several remote employees, VR can be a great option to help everyone feel like they're in the same room.
Or does your client just simply need a smart board and a video conferencing system? As an integrator it's up to you to figure out what works best to meet the individual needs of your client.
A Big Challenge and Opportunity for AV Integrators
The use of technology in organizational meetings has evolved from email and PowerPoints to wide-scale AV-centric collaboration.
A well-built huddle space can best be achieved when integrators and architects join forces in the project planning process. The failure to consider just one AV component, say acoustics, can have a negative impact on the entire huddle experience.
The acoustic environment on some projects has been challenging. We see it a lot with new builds – they consist of a lot of glass, and a lot of open plan spaces, which look great but have implications on achieving first-class audio.
Integrators and architects also need to think about the positioning of microphones, screens, outlets, and all other AV components. The AV integrator’s goal is to not only supply the tools but install them as seamlessly as possible and provide support throughout the project lifecycle.
Equipment, such as LED displays, projectors, speakers, microphones, monitors, and switches, should be housed in dedicated racks to preserve the aesthetic look of the space.
In addition, integrators need to consider future advancements. How will new technology fit in a huddle space? Can they be changed easily?
This can be challenging, but creating a space that can be adapted easily will ensure it finds use for years to come.
The office huddle room is a place where AV technology is widely represented and great possibilities await you and your employees. By offering the best AV tools, you can help your employees get the most out of their meetings and the meeting space.