This new facility tackles many of the assumptions of the packaging industry, giving an alternative – and highly efficient – way of doing business. The building needed to bring the design and manufacturing processes into one place, cutting out the time involved in going back and forth between concept and delivery.
The client had recently acquired Blue Box Design, adding a design team to their manufacturing expertise. They wanted to showcase this for visitors, and asked us to include a space where they could display new design and packaging options. We also had to think carefully about how to move the meeting rooms away from traditional ideas of static, boardroom-style layouts.
We worked closely with the client to understand how the spaces would be used, and to develop options that were flexible and appropriate. The “Boardroom” is actually a hub for the client to entertain their own clients, engaging them in a creative way with new concepts and ideas. It includes a central meeting table – but we also added an informal break-out area, a gallery, and a “Design Bench” for exploring different material samples.
The new building is a shining example of how workplace design can encourage creativity, and how bringing together different processes in the right way can have powerful benefits for efficiency.