We spoke with Daniel Trappen, Head of Interior at kadawittfeldarchitektur in Aachen, about informal exchange, inspiring changes of perspective and modern ways of working.
Daniel Trappen, a significant part of your activities is the field of modern working environments. What is the direction the developments are moving to?
According to our experience, there is a trend towards informal working zones. The pure concentration of activities around a desk and an office swivel chair according to the cockpit principle no longer corresponds to modern ways of working in many organisations. The working world has definitely become more varied and social interaction with colleagues is increasingly important. Studies show that four fifth of all ideas are conceived through unplanned communication. For this to happen everyday work needs to be made more dynamic ‚Äď the formerly anti-movement work situation must be turned into a pro-movement environment. Why do I have to have a printer, fax machine, and perhaps even the coffee machine directly at the own workplace or send an email to my colleague if I have a question? The more often one gets up and walks around the better. At the same time, places of retreat are also important. Concentration and relaxation belong together ‚Äď this should be reflected in the working environment.
Does this mean that the understanding of creative spaces is changing?
Creative spaces should not only fulfil purely functional aspects of working. They should also be inspiring and provide opportunities ‚Äď we call that ‚Äúroom for opportunity‚ÄĚ. Our working environments have a decentralised layout. Informal communication is facilitated on the way to the coffee point, to the print station, to the reading zone, to the cafeteria. In addition to the classic conference table, we provide possible meeting situation in the form of lounges, stand-up benches, large community tables. Here, one can stand and slouch, also in the office. This is conducive to physical health. Moreover, changes of perspective are good for being innovative and creative.
For areas like interior design and the design of office layouts kadawittfeldarchitektur founded the independent division kadawittfeldconsult. What is the idea behind that?
The interior design discipline more and more evolves into an architectural topic ‚Äď ideally, the two cannot be separated conceptually. With increasing digitalisation and the resulting mobility, the actual, physically tangible space gains all the more in importance. Here, material, colour or lighting atmosphere, well, almost scenographic aspects play a role. The work field of interior, which we are addressing with kadawittfeldconsult, is a segment we want to further expand across the entire range. The performance profile ranges from the determination of requirements to furniture and equipment planning, product design, office organisation planning through to guidance and orientation planning. The opportunities lie in breaking up the barriers between the two sectors and work together in a much closer dialogue.
Daniel Trappen is Head of Interior at kadawittfeldarchitektur in Aachen. The focal areas of the office, which employs more than 100 poeple, are, amongst other things, office and residential buildings, trade fair projects and museums.