Alex Haggart 
Jenny MacDonald
Guy Woodhouse

Having witnessed a trend towards higher yield and low-tenure workspaces in our work, Piercy & Company’s approach to the charette was to create a series of adaptable and modular components.

The increased use of new styles of workspace, co-working spaces and increasing digital business models have compounded the need for flexible solutions. Moving forward, new ideas for the kitchen in the workplace could help shape or reinforce a company’s ethos, while also working to create the self-actualising work environments of the future.

Far from being somewhere simply to prepare food, to eat and drink, kitchens and coffee/tea points can be spaces to take a break, provide an alternative place to work or host events. In this way, these spaces can facilitate new and varied ways of working whilst providing a forum to communicate with colleagues, as and when required.


Piercy & Company’s response was to envisage a usable office concept and product – a modular partition and furniture system – that allows for the creation of flexible social spaces such as meeting rooms, libraries and work booths, linked to the kitchen as the social heart. Based around a partition system that forms the skeleton of the space, it is proposed that wall linings, screens and various modular furniture elements can be clipped on to meet the function required.

With the need for flexibility in mind, the system allows these spaces to be built quickly, to grow with the users’ needs and for enhanced materiality to be added, as and when required, without the need for skilled labour and while knowing that the investment could be transported and adapted to future spaces and different locations.