The loud talker is the inspiration for many of us for the phone booth. Having had the pleasure of visiting several creative office spaces, startups and coworking spaces I really have seen it all.
The issue that many run into is that the ones that really work are super expensive and the inexpensive versions are not as sound dampening as we would like. Each space is so different so often there is not a one size-fits-all fix for folks.
What I propose is think outside the box, or phone booth for that matter. Yes, you need to have some sort of variation of this type of phone booth or huddle room for anything over 12,000 sf, but options exist. Think about creating an area where it is okay to be loud. Have music, and let people know that calls are just fine here. By creating an understanding for the whole community people don’t feel like they have to hide away. If your space is all quiet, or even the loud area would be distracting think about a walking path with great signage. Have signs around the office either inside or outside where hallways, rooftop patios, or sidewalks are encouraged to walk and talk. Healthy and out of the way with fun goals for people to visually see.
Phone booths are those things that come up so often when designing a space and often as an after fact when an issue arises so be sure to think of these in advance for everyone’s sanity.
I love to talk and equally love to write. Here I will share tips and tricks that I have learned along the way.