Synopsis: Developed for The Medicines Company, a pharmaceutical firm specializing in scientific research, this space occupies one floor of its office HQ. With the informal look and feel of an “industrial loft” where participants relax and release their creative juices, this highly flexible, unstructured space is designed to support and encourage creative interoffice collaboration.
Detailed Description: Given the 400-odd projects The Medicines Company (MDCO) has ongoing at any given time around the world, the MDCO Project Studio is designed to enable project teams and staff from diverse departments to congregate and work on problem-solving and brainstorming exercises. Based on Stanford University’s D-School model, specific processes for organizing creative encounters are provided and guided by group leaders.
A series of pods are demarcated by whiteboards on wheels, functioning as both wall and workspace. Also, an array of accessory tools and systems allow for the use of analog and digital tools in documenting the intense discussions and brainstorming sessions. The residue of the creative work is left visible for other groups and staff to review until new sessions and initiatives supplant them.
Since the space is so flexible and fluid, it needed a series of viewing/sitting platforms. These stage-like platforms anchor and define the architectural space, separating lounge areas from workspaces and passageways. Also, curtains and lighting can be positioned and adjusted to create diverse layout configurations.