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Funkt define themselves as group of interests with semi-industrial goals. Actually, it’s difficult to define them in exact terms, because they don’t limit themselves to design and architecture at all, but spread over wide and even more difficult to define terms such as beauty, engagement and freedom in the city life. You can hear about them all the time – winning one of the most notable interior design projects, diving deep into the organization of a projection, exhibition or a design workshop in +Tova, filming movie about an old closet or designing pins for music festivals. You can expect everything from them, except for something that would leave you indifferent.
Here’s what Maria from Funkt shared about third spaces:
For us 2012 is the year of the office space: Siteground, the biggest hosting company (1800 km2), Eleven (600 km2), Saatchi&Saatchi (150 km2), Proznanie (120 km2) etc.
These offices don’t share similarities in terms of space or interior. The common thing between them all is the fact that they are all managed by young and smart people that didn’t need a lot of explanation. Great clients that we’ve agreed on the projects key points with a few words. The task included not only work spaces, but also everything else that an office might need to make the employees feel good at work. Another common trait is the total lack of hierarchal model – there are no space such as manager’s office. Everyone works at the same place and there is no ‘better’ space or chair. No trace of ‘timesheets’ because no one looks over your shoulder if you are at the office at exactly 8 o’clock but rather for the outcome of your work – according to me this is the only model that makes sense for managing people that work for you.
Of course the solutions are based on the area, the task, the specifics of the work day, and the need of conference rooms.

The third spaces we’ve created are:

Lounge areas – quiet places that are isolated with music and books
Play areas – games are the perfect way to unwind
Team areas – places for informal meetings but steel away from the work places
Training Areas
Canteen Areas

NB: These types of offices are not suitable for companies with retrograding thinking that manipulate their employees with fear and negative stress.
‘How to create a third space in two steps’:
1. Ask your employees what they want
2. Do it

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