LEGO must be a really fun place to work – we are by no means suggesting that all employees do is sit around all day playing with blocks. In fact, having a glimpse at LEGO PMD, the company’s development department office in Billund, Denmark reveals how the designers are able to dream up of such inventive, colorful toys. The project was the undertaking of architects, Rosan Bosch and Rune Fjord, and they had free reign to transform the open plan space into a playground focused on creativity, imagination, and innovation.
On the ground floor, designers are able to work closely with one another, thanks to an informal meeting space in the center of the room, encouraging social interaction and idea exchange. Also, lounge areas are sprinkled between individual workspaces, displays, model-building tables and a library of Lego pieces.
On the first floor, an expansion of the balcony has made room for eight glass-fronted meeting rooms, all painted a different bright color, with a view of the large, open space below.
Also on the first floor, an existing walkway has been transformed into an oversized sitting area, with light-blue cushions turning the walkway into a cloud. The cloud then unfolds and expands into sofas and informal meeting space, with a slide that connects the two floors (or as a fun way to escape from meetings).
As a design-focused workplace, cooperation and knowledge sharing is essential for the employees, and thus should be reflected in the interior design of the department. The new LEGO PMD is a playground where imagination is encouraged to run wild – both for children who play with the toys and the employees who design them.
All photos by Anders Sune Burg
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