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The way we work and the environments in which we work have been evolving for years. Human-centric space design has become more prevalent as we learn more about how our surroundings influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

We recently discovered some Finnish research, conducted by Kaisa Oksanen (University of Jyväskylä) and Professor Pirjo Ståhle (Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku), into the impact of environment on innovation, which encapsulates for us what we have learnt over the years we have been in the business of providing ‘space’.

The research identified 5 key characteristics of spaces which best support innovation. They are:

Collaboration enabling
Innovation is a social process.
Wallacespace has long advocated that space should allow for collaboration and human interaction, with free breakout spaces and areas that allow for those ‘water cooler moments’ to flourish – communal dining and break areas.

Just as innovation requires flexible thinking, innovative spaces require flexible design. Wallacespaces are built with flexibility in mind and our teams have this flexibility at the heart of everything we do.

Smartness of tech

We’ve invested in the best hybrid meeting technology and internet bandwidth to help you deliver premium virtual experiences, that may be watched by anyone, from anywhere, at anytime.

We’ve also brought in a team of tech experts from TV + broadcast media. Our team will help you rehearse, plan and take care of all eventualities so that you can focus on engaging your virtual audience.

At wallacespace, we seek to provide inspiring, interesting spaces which stimulate conversation (this is why we theme our spaces) and in which people feel comfortable. We don’t do overly ‘designed’ interiors, because we know that our rooms must also be flexible, useful working spaces, in which people think, create and stick things to the walls.

Value reflecting
According to the research, the ‘values’ of innovation include openness, sustainability and collaboration, and it was found that innovative spaces mirror these values.

We are in the business of providing environments that influence innovation and creative thinking.
When we design our spaces we consider how you, our client, will use the space and whether the environment we create will best serve your end goals.

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I loved the photos and bits of Roy Wallace’s electronic equipment around the place. It made me thing someone had thought about this. Miles better than the usual generic decor in rooms-for-hire, which can detract from creativity through its sheer blandness. Roy’s stuff kicked off a few very interesting trains of thought for me. I appreciate the personality that has gone into your interiors.

Matthew Burgess

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