A very logical reflection on both sides.
I am currently working in open offices for around 3 years now. At first, I did not know how to work or concentrate; noting that I am an introvert. Yet, I pushed myself into a mindset of adaptability and seeking understanding of the bigger picture.
Whenever I felt pulled back by this environment, I said to myself “You CREATE your circumstances!”; where I perform what you referred to as “manufacturing barriers”. And there is nothing wrong in that! People do actually respect that.
As years passed, I got to realize that pushing oneself outside the comfort zone; even in working styles can yield to positive results. Its all about a mindset.