Gurgaon, June 24, 2022: Space Matrix, the sixth-largest international design firm in the world recently organized ExChange – Experience|Change, a first-of-its-kind event to explore the workplaces of today and tomorrow by creating a broader set of dimensions for the design of the work environment alongside exploring and experiencing a revolutionary open-innovation ecosystem where one can experiment, explore and evolve to #maketheworldabetterplacetowork.
The event was hosted at Space Matrix BetaLab in Gurgaon and brought together key influencers, industry champions, and thought leaders from the company’s clientele comprising major multinationals, startups, investors, VC companies, unicorns, etc.
Space matters and workspaces have the power to influence and enhance the wellness and productivity of employees. Space Matrix’s ExChange – Experience|Change offered business leaders and workspace decision-makers an opportunity to first-hand experience how the various microenvironments created within Betalab can bring out the best in people, help balance the physical, cultural, social, and technological priorities and nudge people to do their best.
Speaking about this Arsh Chaudhry, CEO, Space Matrix, said, “We are in an era of employee-centric working, and the pandemic has expedited the need to transform workspaces and accelerated existing future work trends entailing broader human and emotional dimensions. Across industries, leaders will use the lessons from this large-scale work-from-home experiment to reimagine how work is done—and what role offices should play— thinking ten times faster, bigger and bolder. A well-planned return to the office can use this time as an opportunity to redesign their role and create greater experiences for talent, improve collaboration and productivity, and reduce costs. That kind of change will need transformational thinking substantiated by facts. Conclusively, the aim of this reinvention will be what employee-centric companies have always wanted: a safe environment where people can collaborate with their colleagues, enjoy their work, and achieve the objectives of their organizations.
Adding further, Akshay Lakhanpal, CEO India, Space Matrix, said, “At Space Matrix, we have constantly focused on optimizing workspaces from the organization as well as peoples’ perspective while disrupting workplace norms and accelerating trends for more human-centered approaches that can help organizations to emerge stronger, especially after the pandemic. Today, the role of design is changing to address the new needs that organizations face, it is all about putting people first and letting them choose the ambiance, facilities, and tools they need to deliver their best. The workplace is an organization’s operating system and can be a compelling differentiator. The more the workplace is connected in a thoughtful way to the organizational strategies, models, functional structures, and potential outcomes of a company, the stronger the workplace will transpire. When the workspace environment offers safety, security, and peace of mind, employees can connect better with it and remain self-motivated.”
Some unique microenvironments showcased at the event included:
Space Bar– Smartly named to signify space, technology, and a place to relax, the Space Bar emphasized the need to establish an instant connection between the visitors and the ambiance, providing a comfortable experience. The Space Bar created an instant vibe of relaxation and prepped the mind to relish the experiences and interactions at other zones by activating the senses of sight, taste, smell, and sound.
WilderNest– WilderNest recreated a vibe of the great outdoors, right inside the workspace. It was designed as a nature-inspired space that facilitated quiet contemplation or an opportunity to relax in a laidback setting as per the user’s desire. The zone served as a pocket of refuge and tranquillity to create a strong integration of the natural world into the world of work. It showed how creativity can be boosted by the activation of senses such as sight, taste, smell, sound, and touch.
FOC-US – This space is designed to enable dedicated working without any distractions. Apart from the fresh aroma of green clove and aloe to relax and energize the brain, users could choose their own music to further stimulate focus. Through this zone, a holistic and integrated sensory experience that made visitors enhance greater peace and showcased workspaces where one could carry out intense and FOC-US-ED work without any disruptions.
Enter the Matrix – Enter-the-Matrix was designed as an experience center providing the seamless and tangible feeling of Space Matrix, the brand. The visitors experienced a highly curated, multifaceted, and purpose-driven sensory experience of moments where they could literally discover, touch, and truly feel their brand. The key highlight was experiencing how meetings happen in the Metaverse. As the world is changing, our customers and want more than to be talked to – they want an experience that feels both personal and authentic.
I-ART– I-ART provided the experience of mind mining through the usage of VR-powered artworks. Such immersive art made visitors realize how such integrations can transform the relationship between people in a space, and eliminate the limitations of conventional art.
Colosseum– The Colosseum was designed as a place to hold social exchanges, and create a sense of belonging among the teams by providing the experience of building something meaningful together. Through the Colosseum, Space Matrix highlighted how capturing the sensory attention of people can positively impact their way of talking, gestures, physical movements, and traits that lead to engaging and meaningful interactions.
CAF-EX– This was a futuristic Cafeteria Experience that highlighted the community vibes of an office cafeteria and showcased the importance of healthy eating habits. The CAF-EX enabled a multi-sensory experience of eating that evokes different positive emotions. The experience also highlighted the benefits of eating together in changing peoples’ perceptions of each other.
WFH– It provided the visitors a feel of the comfort of a home office and the experience of agile and flexible workspaces of the future. The WFH experience zone evoked feelings of utmost comfort and belonging to the workspace and also helped people feel calm by providing a view of the material library featuring a diversity of colours and materials.
Neel Achary is the editor of Business News This Week. He has been covering all the business stories, economy, and corporate stories.