Parallelogram Offices ? Ever tried Feng Shui ?
Sharp angles in rooms are known for accumulating negative energy, something you do not want for sure !
How about hexagon offices? Hexagons are a better approximation to the circle than offices with 4 edges will ever be, and they can be put next to each other in an efficient way (just ask the bees!)
You work in an office that gets vaccuumed!?
check today's dilbert (03/25/2003)
Penn and Teller just did a show on Feng Shui. They called in three different Feng Shui "experts" to decorate the same room - they got three completely different results.
Parallelogram offices. Groovy, but why?
Tried it...didn't like it. Then I tried "No Shui". Much better. All the energy flows back into the grid and I get a discount on my utlity bill.
Parellogram offices does sound a bit like design for design's sake. Only thing I can think of, perhaps this was a way to make maximum use of the windows that are available?
Indeed - I wonder if Joel has taken the floorplan, gotten some cutouts of a desk, chairs, and bookcases, and tried to get everything to fit.
Most buildings and rooms are rectangular for a good reason. I'm not saying new designs should not be considered, but often traditional "folk" designs work well because they have been fine-turned over a long time. I guess if the traditional design is stuck in a local maximum, then you could only reach the global maximum by "thinking outside the box".
You're likely going to sit near an obtuse angle, which gives a nice "walls facing you" effect. I'd sit near the obtuse angle nearest the winow, between the two. The room probably isn't as angled as it looks. And vaccuums are often thin or have hoses. Anyway, things can be put in the acute corners to remove this problem.
man oh man, the second guessing here is intense! I gave you a one word description of the office shape and everybody has an opinion...
I can almost see it, but won't putting desks in block the doors? Or do they open on the side facing away from the central open area? Perhaps a thousand words would help. ;>
All Rectangles are Parallelograms. 8-)
Columnist Dave Barry wrote an excellent essay in which he discusses feng shui (pronounced "wang chung"):
[Equally-sized parallelograms lined up along a straight wall won't have 'sawtooth' edges on the inside - they'll be a straight line.]
"man oh man, the second guessing here is intense! I gave you a one word description of the office shape and everybody has an opinion..."
Just me (Sir to you)
On the "design for design's sake" side of things, I once worked in an office that had offices arranged in a circle around a central area. Each office was more-or-less shaped like a trapezoid, with the office door somewhere in the shorter of the two parallel walls.
Oops... March 26, 2003
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