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Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

Netherlands Architecture News - Mar 20, 2017 - 11:23   14003 views

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

Mecanoo Architecten and Gispen have teamed up to envision new working and learning environment of the future and new spaces that accommodate multiple activities simultaneously, without becoming generic. In their new concept, diversity, personalisation and addressing the specific aims of different activities are central to creating environments where creativity, innovation and identity flourish, and where people can exchange ideas and inspire one another.

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

The modular concept combines different activities. Image © Mecanoo Architecten

Named HUBB, this modular furniture concept responds to the rapid developments and changes within work and education environments, by facilitating different types of activities within existing contexts. With a seemingly simple core form, HUBB comprises a series of building blocks that enables endless combinations. 

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

Building block for a landscape of learning. Image © Mecanoo Architecten

This offers the flexibility for customisation, plus the ease and quality of a proven system. And if the spatial requirements change, the building blocks can be easily reused by adapting or expanding the configuration. 

A set of chairs used for a collaborative setting can be transformed into a hub for concentrated working with the addition of a roof element. Or they become a bench when joined together. For every context there’s a fitting combination that responds to the unique format of working or learning.

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

Learning environment of the future. Image © Mecanoo Architecten

The ideal working and learning environment offers zones for focused activity, collaboration and socialising, each characterised by different activities. Utilising the modular HUBB furniture concept, different zones flow seamlessly into each other, accumulating in a landscape that has the flexibility to be tailored to what’s required at that moment. The diverse zones can be integrated in a single space where all users can find a space that suits their desired activity.

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

Inner surface of modular construction. Image © Chris van Coeverden 

With its modularity and standardised components, as well as the use of responsibly sourced timber and recyclable materials like PET and steel, HUBB is a highly sustainable solution. 

The series has been designed and engineered for manufacturing according to the principles of the circular economy. Every component is fully (de)mountable and reusable. HUBB is a timeless solution that will last for years to come.

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

The modular construction presents integrated connectivity. Image © Chris van Coeverden 

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

HUBB configuration options. Image © Mecanoo Architecten

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

HUBB elements. Image © Mecanoo Architecten

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

HUBB elements. Image © Mecanoo Architecten

Mecanoo and Gispen launch modular furniture concept for learning environments

HUBB material-function diagram. Image © Mecanoo Architecten

Project facts

Project data: modular furniture series with seating elements, table elements, canopy elements, and add-ons and add-in-betweens; produced from steel, responsibly sourced timber, recycled PET material, with clicks and screws instead of glue 

Designer: Mecanoo and Gispen 

Design: 2015-2016 

Realisation: In production since 2016

Top image: Combining different activities. Image © Mecanoo Architecten

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