LAIKAs office is relatively small when compared with the other cases in this book, yet it manages to offer a diversity of work settings. There are different kinds of workstations and different kinds of meeting spots, and there is a materials library in the middle of the floor, with a large table where designers can pore over material samples and large drawings. There is also a quiet roomwhich is not really a room, but a space with thick curtains around it. Lene: Quiet rooms normally have walls to keep distractions out. But we found out that curtains work just as well, while also adding the benefit of flexibility. The only prerequisite is aLAIKAs quiet space has been created with the rule that stipulates that the people working there should notuse of curtains. The rule is that people who sit be disturbed. Unless there is a fire obviously, she adds,there should not be disturbed. (photo: Kristian smiling.Ridder-Nielsen)All the workstations in the office are shared. There are 16 desks for 25 people and Lene thinks that there is still plenty of space to grow. She wants to emphasize however that hot-desking is not central to her thinking. We are not religious about desk sharing. Over the years, I have noticed that there are three kinds of people. Those who are immediately enthusiastic about the concept. Those who are a bit cautious. And then there are those few who almost literally dissolve into tears when hearing about the concept. I think that there should be room for those people as well, especially since it is often a minority. The sample room is located in the middle of the office. The large work table is frequently usedShe continues: The most important thing is to look atfor design discussions. (photo: Kristian Ridder-peoples actual needs, making a distinction betweenNielsen)collaboration and concentration. These needs relate to peoples daily tasks, but also to how their brains are wired. Sometimes people need social stimuli, sometimes quietness, and at other times something different altogether, like a walk outside.LAIKAs new office aims to satisfy these different needs, but Lene does not consider the office as finished yet. For us, this office is both a workspace and a laboratory. We are testing out different kinds of furniture solutions and spatial typologies. We learn every day, which is for the benefit of both our clients and ourselves.Q&ABenedikte Mller, CFOWhat do you like best about this way of working?How often do you change places in the office? Flexibility: being able to choose a workplace in relationSeveral times a day. My movement in the office is mostly to the kind of work that I am doing, and in relation to thegoverned by my communication needs, moving when I people with whom I have to work. need to have a dialogue with another colleague.What aspect could be improved?What is your favourite workspace within the office? My own behaviour, not forgetting to switch places whenThe Fly-inn space. This is a space where I can sit and my needs change. work, while still being accessible for my colleagues. Sitting there signals that it is OK to disturb me, which I think creates a good dynamic and provides excellent conditions for dialogue.