MindLab is an organization within the Denmark government that works with citizens and businesses acting as an innovation unit for the public.
MindLab works with several ministries including the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, Ministry of Taxation and Ministry of Employment.
Working with these ministries gives MindLab a range of topics to deal with like climate change, entrepreneurship and employment services. Maintaining their goal to empower Denmark citizens MindLab identifies itself as:
…instrumental in helping the ministry’s key decision-makers and employees view their efforts from the outside-in, to see them from a citizen’s perspective. We use this approach as a platform for co-creating better ideas.
The design of the MindLab office was designed by Bosch and Fjord, also of Denmark, in 2002. The design direction is influenced by asking “How do you create a working environment that stimulates innovation?”
The basic principle is that people should not accommodate the room; the room should accommodate the people. this means that theidentity of the room is created by the users, who are free to rearrange their physical surroundings according to need and create new work stations with partition walls on castors and movable lamps.
An open floor plan eliminates the social hierarchy and made the work space a more social space. One of our favorite touches was how much of the (white) workplace is coated by a special material doubling it as a whiteboard. Brilliant.
Check out the MindLab offices below and let us know what you think of the space below in the comments!
Photo Credit: Magnesium