ExChange – Experience | Change, a first-of-its-kind event to explore the workplaces of today and tomorrow, was recently organised by Space Matrix, the sixth-largest international design firm in the world. The event’s USP was the discussion around immersive metaverse-based experiences to bridge the gap between people working from home and offices.
Key influencers, industry experts, and thought leaders from the company’s customers, including notable multinationals, startups, investors, VC firms, unicorns, and so on gathered for the event, which was held in Gurgaon’s Space Matrix BetaLab.
Blending Digital and Physical Realms for Futuristic Workplaces
The open innovative event by Space Matrix examined the effects of incorporating sensory experiences in the actual physical office environment on workers’ behaviours, feelings, and wellness.
Elaborating on this, Arsh Chaudhry, CEO, Space Matrix, noted, “We are in an era of employee-centric working, and the pandemic has expedited the need to transform workspaces and accelerated existing future of work trends entailing broader human and emotional dimensions.”
“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.”
— Arsh Chaudhry, CEO, Space Matrix
“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.”
Unique Microenvironments Showcased at Space Matrix Event
The Space Bar was cleverly named to connote space, technology, and a place to unwind. It placed emphasis on the necessity to create an immediate connection between guests and the environment while also delivering a comfortable experience. The Space Bar stimulated the senses of sight, taste, smell, and sound, which immediately produce a relaxing atmosphere and prepare the mind to enjoy the experiences and interactions in other zones.
Inside the office, WilderNest generated a sense of the wide outdoors. It was created as a natural-inspired place that allowed for peaceful reflection or the chance to unwind in a relaxed atmosphere, depending on what the user desired. The area acted as a haven of peace and tranquilly to forge a solid connection between the natural world and the workplace. It demonstrated how engaging senses including sight, taste, smell, sound, and touch can foster creativity.
This space was designed to promote focused, distraction-free work. In addition to the invigorating and calming effects of the green clove and aloe aromas, users could select their own music to help them concentrate. Through this area, visitors were given a comprehensive and well-rounded sensory experience that enhanced greater tranquilly and featured workplaces where one could engage in intensive and FOC-US-ED work without being disturbed.
Enter the Matrix
Enter-the-Matrix was designed as an experience centre providing the seamless and tangible feeling of Space Matrix, the brand. Visitors had a carefully selected, varied, and intentionally designed a sensory experience that included moments where they could actually discover, touch, and feel their brand. The main highlight was getting a firsthand look at how meetings operate in the Metaverse. Customers nowadays want more than just to be talked to; they want an experience that feels genuine and personal as the world around them changes.
I-ART used VR-enabled artworks to deliver the sensation of mind mining. Such immersive art transcended the boundaries of traditional art and helped viewers understand how such integrations can change how people interact in a setting.
The Colosseum was created as a venue for social interactions and to foster a sense of teamwork among the teams by giving them the opportunity to build something significant together. Through the Colosseum, Space Matrix demonstrated how engaging people’s senses may have a favourable impact on their speech patterns, body language, and other characteristics that result in interesting and rewarding encounters.
This was a futuristic Cafeteria Experience that emphasised the sense of camaraderie found in office cafeterias and emphasised the value of good eating practices. A multi-sensory dining experience made possible by the CAF-EX elicits a range of pleasant feelings. The experiment also showed how dining together can improve how individuals view one another.
The comfort of a home office and the experience of agile and flexible workspaces of the future were both made available to the visitors at WFH. By offering a view of the material library with its variety of colours and materials, the WFH experience zone made individuals feel at ease and brought sentiments of the highest comfort and belonging to the office.
Designing for a Relaxing Yet Productive Work Environment
Workplaces matter, and they have a strong impact on employee productivity and well-being. Business executives and workspace decision-makers at Space Matrix’s ExChange got the chance to see firsthand how the above various microenvironments designed within the Betalab could bring out the best in people, balance the physical, cultural, social, and technological priorities, and encourage people to do their best.
Throwing further light on this, Akshay Lakhanpal, CEO of Space Matrix India, commented, “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-centred approaches that can help organizations to emerge stronger, especially after the pandemic.”
“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.”
— Akshay Lakhanpal, CEO India, Space Matrix
“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 ambience, 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.”
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