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Nicole Kell

Desire Me: The N-T Office
Matta-Clark framing everyday life below
The current trend of office doors that act a a barrier instead of celebrating an entrance
Narchitects Party wall - framing views
Using materials in a new way
Office worthy interaction?  They are in suits!
Matta-Clark framing everyday life below
The current trend of office doors that act a a barrier instead of celebrating an entrance
Narchitects Party wall - framing views
Using materials in a new way
Office worthy interaction?  They are in suits!

Re-Vamping the Non-Territorial Office              What a process this year has been; Filled with  books (on anaesthetics, human behaviors, Matta-Clarck, E-motive design, and wet-networks) cruizing google, and passing through many glass thresholds of business buildings.  I started out thinking I wanted to design a new communication between buildings and people, but what I have come to now is that I want to design spaces that help peope create ties to their everyday built environment, and more importantly, with the people that share these spaces.  
  Relevance ... October 2010

People today are getting swept away with these continual "upgrades" that are changing the world and "improving" our lives daily that we are not realizing that we are missing; human interaction. 

You can talk over emails, but the interaction is lost.  In a conversation one can interrupt, truly express their passion, and get and read facial expressions.  We are losing these “connections” that our societies were first built on, meeting new people, that can give you new insight into a subject, can show you a different way to get somewhere.  

People long for human contact...I was sitting on the train heading to Nijmegen, and a gentleman sits across from me, I look up from my book, smile at him, and continue reading.  He says to me “your not from around here”... “why....?” “Because you smiled at me”  Something as simple as a smile can spark interaction for that smile something he longed to see... a simple smile... 

I choose to focus on the office space for these spaces are changing radically, mainly for they are losing importance in our everyday life.  With the improvements in technology, people can work from anywhere and gone is the comfortable space, along others, that one occupies daily. Gone are the photographs and children drawings that used to personalize these work spaces, gone is the pride and connections people used to have to “their spaces” and the people around them... If you has no connection to the building or environment they occupy why would they be interested in the people that they share these meaningless spaces with?

Desire Me... June 2011

After visiting 6 office buildings and interviewing various personal I am concentrating my project around the non-territorial office concept.  this concept was created to keep up the our technology connected society.  Office were found to be 40% empty on a regular basis.  So, 40% of the desks are removed and people can choose from one of the shared empty desks to work from when they decide to work in the office, which is no longer mandatory.  This concept benefits the company for now they can squeeze more people into one building or downsize the building’s foot print.  However, it gives no concern the individuals and excludes an important issue: ones personal space, which has a larger impact on people then first realized. One's desk was the place where they made connection with others and the space, while giving them stability within the company. It has become easy and more convenient to NOT work in the office that companies find their office spaces even more empty then previously.  

Therefore I strive to find a way to bring desire back into the working environment.  This is important for now people no longer have to work in an office building, but they choose to work there.  Therefore the reasons why an individual desire to work in the company office building become essential.  I have extracted 3 reason why people would choose the option of working in the office from my research: 

1. To be productive

2. To work with and learn from other another

3. To feel they are part of something bigger

Now, if we look at the results of the non-territorial office based on this criteria we find that :

1. Makes working away from the office easy and more appealing, that the commute to work becomes an unproductive use of an employees time

2. Enhances networking through technology resulting in the presence of your colleagues in the office unstable and disconnecting colleagues from each other.  

3. Skips this issue all together creating a lack of loyalty to the company by its employees.

We can see the problem.

My Solution:  the Hinge...Current 2011

Acts to join the aspects of work and life together.  Allowing individuals to make the gap between these 2 large or small. 

 and at the same time, joins the desires of employees with benefits for the company.

The Hinge will act as the hub for the building by drawing people into it, with attractors such as food and the w/c. (The layout of the program is crucial!)  Therefore it will take up the main floor of an office space.  The location of the office is important for this system to work, for it should be easy to access from all forms of transportation and the surrounding should be appropriate for the activities within the space.  Such as a large park for a running group that meets in the gym of the space.

The Hinge needs 2 aspects in order to function:

1. Extra Program

By adding program to this space you create a new reason to come to the office space.  The program should not be work related, however such things as a theater can still benefit the company to hold openings and information sessions.   The program acts as a common ground for diverse employees to base a relationship, or understanding, on.   It also acts to invite outsiders into the space to add to the buzz in the space.  It can also create benefits for the company for it can now share in the profits these activities bring in.

2. Territorial Zone

It is will the place where people can make their space in the office and create personal ties with the building, company and colleagues. (as the desk used to do) 

I have created an display system that separates the programs from each other and calls to the employees to fill it up. Bringing things from home to add to a collection, share with others or put on display will work to create the feeling of belonging to the space. 


The display system consists of 3 parts:

1. Holds you individual Personal Hinge.  You take it with you to work on the upper levels, which contains your working mess from pervious day, personal items and is equipped with a GPS to locate colleagues within the space.

2. Open spaces for people to add to, such as a cup collection, bring goodies to share and used by company to promote themselves.

3. Glass enclosed spaces people cal add a lock to and display work or to fill with their things.  The items within the unit will correlate with the program/activities around the it. - dancings shoes next to the dance floor.


With all this working together, we can create a professional place to meet, to work, to bring life into. A space that craws people based on desire.  For more information please contact me.




Inspiration ...

 Should the standard of excellence of a work of architecture be judged by the power of first impression, or by the degree of affection with which one can regard it after years of use?

Architecture and human inhabitation, no confusion between the two. - “its role is not to prescribe use but rather to make space that people can appropriate freely” (Kazuyo Sejima)


"At first glance, it all seems to be a matter of defining your own life story, without much interference from others. But perhaps what is more important is this life’s undercurrent – the lack of time spent with one another. Simply spending time with someone humbles, teaches, relativizes, enthuses, brings one to dialogue. You met the other, coincidentally, in the train, the store, the stadium, the library, or, less coincidentally, in the army, the factory, the neighborhood party, or the sports team. If you run down the list of traditional ways of meeting one another, it is remarkable how many of those avenues have become either avoidable, or have simply ceased to exist.." Oul Bouman in Design to Socialize"                      

"Food" by Matta-Clark...
Architecture is not about being proud, its about discovering what people need in life and providing them with me - Me