Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Zenith addresses the work home gap by creating the domesticated workplace with the Precinct Seating Collection.
The rapid adaptability to remote work has made us all homebodies. Even as businesses integrate a hybrid home-office relationship, the workplace must now compete with that home for attention.
Differences in privacy, ergonomics, and materiality have historically been the contrasting signifiers between home and the workplace. The modern workspace must coalesce these, existing between the two worlds.
The Precinct Seating Collection by Zenith is the sum of its parts; a series of individual elements that when combined create new working environments that offer the tone of the home, or work or of their combination.
The series of lounge modules, ottomans, screening systems, work, and meeting pods are configurable as “spaces within spaces.”
Precinct Lounge Modules offer both standalone comfort seating and when configured with other collection pieces, a wrap-around alcove that envelops employees in their individual work or in their collaborative meeting.
Screens can be added to ensure privacy within a busy environment or to segment and arrange the open-plan space.
Precinct Focus Lounge offers a soft-seating haven within the busy work environment. High screens hug the lounge to foster concentration for individualized work scenarios or participation for collaboration and ideation.
Precinct Meet Booth provides a room within the room. Available in both low and high screen encasing, the Meet Booth caters to the full spectrum of workplace modalities.
Precinct Ottomans complete the picture. The ottoman series allows each precinct to be as enclosed or open, as formal or informal as the employee desires.
The different modules can be variably combined for degrees of formality and informality, while always maintaining the soft rounded comfort of the domestic environment.
These are mobile spaces wherein the employee can set the tone and the focus.
Permanent spatial structures within workspaces are no longer viable. Instead space needs to be designed around the tasks that are to be performed.
The Precinct Seating Collection allows for a range of possibilities for distributing space without having to install rigid, unalterable structures.
This adaptability allows or a workspace to be “at work,” changing at-pace to employee’s needs for either home, work or a hybrid at any given moment.
Today, the choice presented to employees should be between remote work or working from a domesticated office.
This domesticated workplace does not just have a few elements of the home—pot plants and soft corners—but instead evokes the home’s very logic; as a typology of space for retreat, privacy and solace.
Project: Precinct Seating Collection
Designers: Zenith Design Studio
Manufacturer: Zenith Interiors Pty. Ltd.