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How can our office prioritize the preference of the user today?


Our observation of the evolved working culture shows that the typical plan is
no longer sufficient and there is a need for an office design that takes into
account for the nuances of preference in the ways we work. The thesis utilizes
graphic representations to construct a spatial typology that accommodates
varying degrees of social interactions.

In plan, dots, and dashes are notations for columns and planes. They define
spaces and establish relationships between one space to another. With its
repeating pattern of solids and gaps, dots and dashes are abstracted to
produce degrees of spatial connection. Hence, we center our design
strategy on the orientation of these line types to introduce visual continuity
and disruption within the grid of our office.

Located in Culver City, our Apple headquarters use different line types to
create various types of working scenarios. In relation to the panopticon
where the center is the viewer surrounded by the viewed. Our take on the
panopticon shifts the top-down structure in an institution, where one feels
interrogated by the constant gaze, to an office space where individuals seek
social interaction and choose to be seen.

In collaboration with Kevin Lee

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