Middle zones

So-called central areas are playing an increasingly important role in office 4.0. Whether relaxed and effective working in »think tanks« or in sofa landscapes – the working world is becoming more colourful and homely, so that a relaxed and playful character of the workplaces is becoming part of everyday office life.

Communicative zones are gaining in importance in office design. In other words, spaces where people meet, exchange ideas or simply retreat.


But what exactly are central areas?

New office buildings are usually equipped with window fronts on the room sides. This is because the German workplace ordinance stipulates daylight for all permanent office workplaces. In office design, the workplaces are arranged along the windows so that the employees receive as much daylight as possible.

The space in between is the central area. Theoretically, central areas can take on a whole range of functions – starting with classic use as a cloakroom, copy room, kitchen or break area.

In the modern office world, central areas are used primarily for personal communication, for break-out areas or creative zones.

Meeting and talking to each other, discussing in teams of different sizes or working separately from the rest of the office: new central area solutions cover these functions. In a central area, there may be a single workstation where you can withdraw completely – a small solution similar to a »think tank«. You want to be alone and not be disturbed.