Meet Me In The Pink Box or Conference Room 2.0.

The conference room is a fixture in office design.  Because it’s where deals are done and big ideas are generated, it often has the best seat in the house -- the largest windows and best view. But the space itself is often blah.  There is plenty of opportunity, however, to make the conference room truly memorable and pleasurable by treating it as a freestanding, sculptural object.  A well-designed conference room provides any company no better opportunity to make a spatial statement of intent and make people want to return for another meeting.

The conference room of the Cape Town advertising firm 99c, designed by Inhouse Brand Architects is made out of a bold red shipping container, and has additional seating on top of the room.

The conference room of the Cape Town advertising firm 99c, designed by Inhouse Brand Architects is made out of a bold red shipping container, and has additional seating on top of the room.

A meeting room at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Processing Centre in Melbourne has a privacy screen consisting of blood types. 

A meeting room at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Processing Centre in Melbourne has a privacy screen consisting of blood types. 

A fun, circular room at CDS Offices in Tokyo, Japan, by Bakoko.

A fun, circular room at CDS Offices in Tokyo, Japan, by Bakoko.

The conference room of this SoHo office is made of paper tubes. Design by Magdalena Keck Interior Design, Bostudio Architecture acted as Architect of Record.  Photo by Jeff Cate.

The conference room of this SoHo office is made of paper tubes. Design by Magdalena Keck Interior Design, Bostudio Architecture acted as Architect of Record.  Photo by Jeff Cate.

A greenhouse acts as a flexible meeting space at DI Telegraph coworking space in Moscow, Russia. Design by Archiproba.

A greenhouse acts as a flexible meeting space at DI Telegraph coworking space in Moscow, Russia. Design by Archiproba.

An elegant simple cube with wood and glass at the offices for power company Nuon. Design by HEYLIGERS Design+Projects.

An elegant simple cube with wood and glass at the offices for power company Nuon. Design by HEYLIGERS Design+Projects.

An elaborate structure by Make Creative in Unit B4, a satellite office for the Australian property Group Goodman. 

An elaborate structure by Make Creative in Unit B4, a satellite office for the Australian property Group Goodman. 

Anne Sophie Goneau Design is not afraid to use a splash of color. A simple pink cube at the Tuango Tuango offices in Montreal, Canada.  

Anne Sophie Goneau Design is not afraid to use a splash of color. A simple pink cube at the Tuango Tuango offices in Montreal, Canada.

 

Embracing opportunities to create grand centerpieces is equally valid for dinner tables as it is for office spaces.  It makes the place special and memorable. And a pleasure to be at work. 

Ula Bochinska