Like any other ThoughtWorks office in the world, ‘agile’ (collaboration, iteration, feedback, transparency) is always the most important and dominating working method for ThoughtWorks.
The overall environment reflects a concise design language that is transparent, open and in style. In addition, we focus on the interaction between individuals, the interaction between individual and the team, and the interaction between teams.
In the entrance area, the central island-shaped reception desk plays an important role as a “hub station” in the office space. Considering that the ‘agile’ working method requires a more open and freer working environment, the reception, a hub, connects the community event site and the open working area is set up in the space.
A combination of light film lighting and wavy glass is used in design to create a unique light and shadow vibe. The wooden floor guides visitors from the entrance to the reception. The “community” space on the side is a veritable multi-functional area that integrates activities area, waiting area and communication area.
Two sets of high-back sofas are put in the locker area at the entrance, it allows employees to communicate quickly, or to make a private call, or even to lay down for a while. The white writing glass serves as the wall of the entire area. It is also used as a diffuse reflection interface to enhance the brightness of the space and enhance the spatial sense with light.
The open office area is open to the side of the window as an important area of ‘agile’ work. Here, the designer sets up a number of removable writing glass whiteboards, which can be used alone or in combination, depending on the scene and the scale of the discussion. With comfortable loose furniture, this long strip of area next to the open working area will be the most frequently used place in daily work.
All the work stations appear in groups, which are divided into different delivery groups according to the work content. Each group is equipped with a hanging TV for daily meetings and for daily work progress display.
Like ThoughtWorks Shanghai, the Chengdu office is equipped with lockers for every employees, which greatly enhances the mobility of employees and increases the chances of meeting, communication and idea sparkles. The locker cabinet near the large conference room can also be used as a bar counter. Employees can jump into work or conduct small conferences after storing personal belongings.
Photography: Tommy Zhu