The brief for this staff room was to provide a stylish, comfortable arrangement which facilitated differing sizes of socialising groups. The client also required more spaces for seating at tables with staff to be able to quickly relax, in a completely different colour scheme from the school colours to create an area that could become an ‘escape’ from school life and could also function as a meeting place for parents as required.
We had to keep or create arrangements which would encourage staff to socialise outside their own faculty, by facilitating a whole-school approach to sharing ideas. Staff also needed a clear path across two of the staff room entrances with easy access to the pigeon holes and photocopier, and with quick access to hot drinks and snacks.
We used a combination of large, modular sofas in fixed shapes to accommodate large groups, small tables and movable chairs which have a more “café feel”, and banquette seating which gives a feeling of privacy.