During the summer, I read through SPACE10’s literature on co-working spaces, including how they redesigned their office in Copenhagen to better accommodate their worker’s need — even if that meant putting up barriers instead opening the space up in order to give workers more privacy.
Now that summer is over, I’ve been thinking about the tenants’ needs here at The Ground and how undervalued the importance of having the freedom to shape one’s office is in the first place. While no two offices look-alike in any co-working space, some of the offices here at The Ground have really embraced the do-it-yourself spirit. Personalized offices spaces here come with cheeky hidden treasures like “Monotonic v. Gin-o-tonic” scribbled amongst real and relevant equations on whiteboards.
I realized recently that this “personalization of space” actually extends beyond the tenants’ offices and well into the buildings’ shared spaces. In my time working here, I’ve seen the common spaces evolve, from flipping the milk fridge door so that it swings open in a more efficient way to an ever-changing array of signs in the kitchen trying to encourage/discourage certain behaviors (us Groundlings love to hoard cups).
In particular, the common areas of the house seem to be shaped not by the tenants themselves, but by their children. In kids’ sheer boredom of having to spend a day off of school at their parent’s job (yuck), they’ve crafted some great pieces of art that adorn the hallways and fridges of the co-working space.
I often refer to The Ground as a “house” rather than “office.” Ultimately, I think the treasures hidden amongst its seemingly most mundane elements — hallways, bathrooms, and random corners — point to the homely quality one feels whilst inside The Ground. Below are some of my favorite treasures: