"Creative work and innovation happen when trust is built. So, we designed a place where people could come together to build relationships, learn, fail and grow together," said Jim Keane, president and CEO of Steelcase. "We believe this is central to innovation, but it's not just for us—it's for our customers, too. It gives them a place to experience real work as it's happening and see how space can support and accelerate business results."The center brings together over 230 employees representing 25 different nationalities from groups previously dispersed throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). This European opening follows the successful Learning + Innovation Center in Grand Rapids, which serves as a hub for North American employees, customers and guests to explore how creative and innovative thinking can be nurtured and supported by physical space and technologies. THE CAMPUS The three-building campus was designed by a diverse, international team of experts including Henn Architects, Munich; Patrick Jouin and Manku Design, Paris; and the Steelcase Design Team. Features include:
- A centrally located WorkCafé provides a dynamic space that revolutionizes the traditional corporate cafeteria. With a coffee bar, barista and an eclectic collection of settings spread over two levels, the WorkCafé is a place for workers to interact, work or take time to socialize and rejuvenate.
- The executive team is located near the WorkCafé, on the first floor in an open-plan space where people constantly pass through and meet. Its location and informal design make executives more visible, encouraging frequent interactions with employees and visitors and helping leaders stay closely connected to the business.
- Cloud-enabled technology throughout the campus allows ideas to travel from space to space and make it possible to include remote participants from around the world in the innovation process.
- A virtual reality tour allows visitors to experience other spaces around the world, including innovation environments usually inaccessible to guests.
- An ecosystem of interconnected and interdependent environments was purposefully designed to support the needs of both individuals and teams by bringing them together and seamlessly integrating technologies they need to work.
- Multiple informal spaces throughout the center and several specialized classrooms promote collaborative and individual learning. A distance-learning classroom and videoconferencing rooms ensure learning happens both globally and locally throughout the day.
- Customers and guests are also invited to attend workshops designed to encourage self-discovery, inspire, and learn new ways that place can help their organization drive purpose.
About Steelcase Inc.For over 105 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world's leading organizations, across industries. We demonstrate this through our family of brands - including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, PolyVision® and Turnstone®. Together, they offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2017 revenue of $3.0 billion. Contact: Martin Knobel, Steelcase+49 152 0922 firstname.lastname@example.org