Architecture Office, an architecture firm based outside of Austin, Texas, has designed the flagship work environment for ShareCuse, a new coworking space located within the historic 1928 Syracuse Building in the city’s downtown district. Drawing from the edifice’s rich 90-year history as an office building, and the firm’s own research into a range of workspace typologies, the design for ShareCuse explores, expands, and reinvigorates the notion of a cubicle.
▼ShareCuse的设计探索、扩展和复兴了办公隔间的概念，the design for ShareCuse explores, expands, and reinvigorates the notion of a cubicle©Caylon Hackwith
ShareCuse accommodates 25 members, and is set within a 3,200-square-foot room on the second floor of an existing concrete and steel building. Architecture Office’s design for the space is defined by an arrangement of freestanding black cubicles and a kitchen island within the interior of the space, that define a series of interstitial lounge spaces throughout the open office. Ringing the open workspace are seven private offices, a conference room and a telephone booth.
▼空间分为独立黑色小隔间和中央厨房两部分， the space is defined by an arrangement of freestanding black cubicles and a kitchen island within the interior of the space©Caylon Hackwith
▼独立的黑色小隔间，freestanding black cubicles©Caylon Hackwith
▼办公隔间远远看起来整体上像是一块黑色方体，from a distance the office cubicles appear monolithic as single black forms©Caylon Hackwith
▼黑色网格屏风可以遮住背后的空间，cubicles are crafted from black mesh screens that filter the appearance of the spaces behind©Caylon Hackwith
Unlike the traditional enclosed cubicle, separated by opaque half-walls from its neighboring workspace, the ShareCuse cubicles are crafted from black mesh screens that filter the appearance of the spaces behind. From a distance the office cubicles appear monolithic as single black forms. As one approaches the screens, the surfaces shift character into layers of translucent scrim that exhibit the offices and personnel within.
▼当人们接近屏风时，其半透明的稀松布网特征，展现出里面的办公空间和工作人员，the surfaces shift character into layers of translucent scrim that exhibit the offices and personnel within©Caylon Hackwith
“我们的目标是在满足办公功能的同时设计一个灵活的办公空间，”Architecture Office联合创始人Nicole McIntosh说道，“通过将隔间结构分组成象限，我们能够想象工作人员在它周围展开的一系列活动。”开放式工作空间的几何布局有助于定义其特殊的“休息”区域，同时促进互动和保证私密性。Architecture Office联合创始人Jonathan Louie说：“隔间作为一系列最小单元占据、框定和定义着更大的空间。隔间充当了室内工作空间的结构，长岛厨房则作为聚会和互动之所。
▼长岛厨房则作为聚会和互动之所，the long island acts as a conduit for congregation and interaction©Caylon Hackwith
“Our aim was to design a flexible office organization that does not kill the work environment”, says Architecture Office co-principal Nicole McIntosh. “By grouping the cubicle structures into quadrants, we imagine workers moving around the objects and interacting within the shared office landscape.” The arrangement of geometrically strict structures in the open workspace also serve to define unique “lounge” spaces that promote simultaneously interactive and private work environments. “[Cubicles] act as a series of minimal objects that occupy, frame, and define regions by inhabiting a larger room”, says Architecture Office co-principal Jonathan Louie. Whereas the cubicles act as a structure for working within, the long island acts as a conduit for congregation and interaction.
▼从厨房看个人办公室，view from kitchen to private spaces©Caylon Hackwith
Built into the cubicles are a series of 3’ wide x 7’ high openings that allow for moments of engagement between spaces and invite people to share across workspaces. Some openings are thresholds for entry, while others act as opportunities for members working in teams to pass information or share desks. Although the cubicles and their openings are all of uniform size, the placement of the openings are different, generating variety and different interaction with their surrounding spaces. The modular cubicle can appear simultaneously open and closed, efficient and playful.
▼模块化的隔间可以同时打开或关闭，the modular cubicle can appear simultaneously open and closed©Caylon Hackwith
Inspired by their collection of image references including the films of Jacque Tati, as well of the work of Robert Irwin, Louie and McIntosh note that the playful variations and scrim are meant to encourage a sense of visual connection. “We were interested in understanding how we could interrupt the traditional repetition of the cubicles without subdividing them, as well as encourage connection and the relationship between singular and shared office spaces. The traditional cubicle and its half-wall fosters a semi-private working space, yet visually disconnects you from the rest of the office. We found the visual properties of the scrim interesting as a semi-private wall that appears differently from different viewpoints.”
▼平纹棉麻网格旨在促进视觉联系，scrim meant to encourage a sense of visual connection©Caylon Hackwith
▼室内色调促进了视觉上的联系，同时调节了流动区域和休息区域之间的微妙平衡，the color palette further facilitates visual connection and the modulation of flow and lounge spaces©Caylon Hackwith
▼白墙以及灰色天鹅绒座椅，white wall & grey velvet chairs with brass legs©Caylon Hackwith
The color palette further facilitates visual connection and the modulation of flow and lounge spaces. Black cubicles, a long island, and tables sit as contrasting, minimal objects within the exposed concrete ceiling, white walls, and washed-out concrete floors of the existing building. The only accent colors are the desaturated pink, grey and blue velvet chairs with brass legs, that help to subtly articulate the different lounge areas, while not completely separating one from the other. The dark grey dot rugs mark seating areas.
▼休息区，lounge areas©Caylon Hackwith
▼暗灰色圆点地毯表示座位区，dark grey dot rugs mark seating areas©Caylon Hackwith