“The office landscape is no longer the classic, straightforward grid organization where everyone works, but rather a highly creative landscape,” says Ben van Berkel, co-founder of Dutch architectural practice UNStudio. In response to this shift — which has only been amplified with the rise of remote and hybrid scenarios — van Berkel and his team at UNSx, the experiential design arm of the firm, have developed Panorama for Italian manufacturer Fantoni.
Described by the designers as “human-centric micro-architecture,” the all-encompassing toolset is intended to carve out flexible, efficient and comfortable set-ups that are organized into three configurations: Collaboration, Social, and Learning & Focus. With silhouettes that were inspired by the mountain range that surrounds Fantoni’s factory, the 57 components of Panorama are offered in three bold colourways, as well as two wood finishes and one textile covering (plus a range of upholstery options). What’s more, the system is built using chipboard made from 100 per cent recycled wood, adding sustainability to its long list of positive attributes.
For individuals and small groups, this scheme can include mini phone booths for private calls, partially partitioned workstations (equipped with an out-of-the-way magnetic cable run) and divider screens with movable slats to control sightlines and privacy.
Encouraging teamwork and creative brainstorming sessions, the Panorama modules can be arranged for meetings of short duration using standing-height tables on castors, plush soft seating and other dynamic solutions.
Informal and impromptu meetings and social gatherings are an ever more familiar part of the workday. To this end, the third branch can feature freestanding single or double upholstered benches. Planters can be incorporated into any of the three scenarios to add the benefit of natural greenery.
Designed by UNStudio, the Panorama system aims to address the diverse needs of today’s office.