While attending a conference for the Innovative Learning Environments and Teacher Change Project, I had the opportunity take a tour of the Steelcase Education Center. Although the center is filled with terrific spaces and interesting applications of Steelcase products, there were several that particularly caught my attention for our own purposes. Here are three that stood out.
1 - Paper Tube Space Definer
These were simple cardboard paper tubes that seemed easy to move. Varying the spacing between the tubes allows for variable visibility. These seem worth experimenting with on the 5th floor with the possibility of using them to define new spaces on the 2nd floor. And they seem readily available from Uline.
2 - Prototype Personal Workspace
View from the Entrance - This is the view looking into the prototype workspace being used by the Steelcase CEO.
Here is the view from the inside. The gauze fabric blocks some sound and partially obscures the view.
Here is the view of the other side of the workspace.
3 - Space Enclosure
This is a free standing enclosure that can be deployed onto an open floor. Note the red pipe coming down from above that is a connection to the facility sprinker system to provide sprinkler access to the enclosure.
Here is the view from the other side showing the glass walls that allow full visibility into the space.
These three examples are worth thinking about as we continue to remake spaces throughout the library.