Epitaxy is the process by which a crystalline structure of a particular composition grows on top of an existing composition, directly influencing the composition of the new crystal.
Businesses, ideas, projects and people grow because of a connection that naturally develops and leads to collaboration. Much like the epitaxial phase of crystallization, the growth of a business is defined by the space surrounding it, so the layout must effectively breed collaboration. An overlap of private and public spaces is necessary for collaboration to occur because these in-between spaces allow for spontaneous personal connections to develop.
The use and purpose of this space is defined by implied and actual borders, proximity to other spaces, and accessibility to the space. Layered planes and implied borders suggest movement and use, and support collaboration within the space.
The entrance on the Northwest side naturally became the main entry point where “NEXTers” and newcomers meet.
Two project rooms—featuring distinct, contrasting seating and meeting styles—immediately to the left and right of the entrance are an extension of the existing shell relative to the curvature of the building as well as the storefront glass walls to achieve a semi-private open work space, similarly to the growth of a new crystalline structure that is defined by the base structure.
Each project room is set-up with distinct furniture to allow for a variety of work styles, ranging from informal to formal collaboration, which leads to more successful work being developed within the coworking space.
Just past the reception and project rooms, one finds the open office, where the Bivi benching system is utilized, mixing together work spaces and a quick break away space with the rumble seat between rows to encourage the growth of the community.
The glass structure enclosing the staircase doubles as a whiteboard to take notes while working and connects the offices to the ideation space, where projects can be displayed and articulated.
To facilitate any kind of class, lecture, presentation or discussion given in the forum space, everything about the space must be open, collaborative, interactive and easy to manipulate. The Node allows for easy maneuverability around the room and can be set up in small groups or a large lecture-style.
To offer a variety of work spaces, private enclaves enclosed with the V.I.A. system are coupled with enclosed private offices. The offices radiate around existing shafts, taking on almost fractal, crystalline properties.
The enclosed spaces between the open office and the WorkCafe provide an area where workers can take a break and work distraction-free while also creating a division of space and work types.
The private offices are more established areas with more work space, storage and overall footprint. The private enclaves have space for more temporary, focused work for one or two people at a time.
One can find small solo spaces in between the enclaves to take a private phone call or have a quick conversation that is protected with the help of acoustic side panels.
The Resource Center is more than just a supply room: it doubles as an open project room and triples as an in-between space. A multitude of work surfaces are provided to facilitate varying types of work in the space, whether it be a quick touchdown to lay out large-format prints or a maker space to put together presentations.