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Redesigning a boardroom : creating a redesign proposal for University of Twente's executive boardroom

Uenk, K. (2017) Redesigning a boardroom : creating a redesign proposal for University of Twente's executive boardroom.

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Abstract:BACKGROUND Currently the executive boardroom of University of Twente does not meet the demands and wishes of its users. Technical and design aspects are outdated and the overall appearance does not connect with University of Twente anymore. The interior design has an impractical setup which leads to undesirable and unintentional use during boardroom meetings, presentations and receptions. The Executive Board has asked the Facility Service Centre for a redesign proposal. APPROACH Firstly an exploratory research was done to gain a better insight in University of Twente, the executive boardroom and its users. Secondly the demands and wishes of the users have been analyzed and interior aspects and issues have been examined together with intended future usage of the boardroom. After that, more general aspects important to the redesign of the boardroom have been analyzed together with the Dutch Law on Working Conditions (ARBO) for office design. Together with the primary users of the boardroom, ideas have been created, resulting in a detailed design brief. This design brief is used as a framework during the concept phase. A final concept has been presented to members of the Executive Board in order to gain feedback. This feedback has led to a final redesign proposal. RESULT The result of this assignment consists of a redesign proposal of the executive boardroom of University of Twente. A boardroom with a timeless, hospitable, open and durable appearance has been designed. The boardroom finds connection with University of Twente’s green campus while elements of the visual identity can be recognized. A large boardroom table, boardroom chairs and main presentation area are designed to support long lasting meetings for both large and small groups. In sharp contrast, a secondary presentation area has been added, designed for smaller, faster and more active meetings. These two opposites promote versatile use of the boardroom. At the same time improving accessibility is intended to lead to increased usage of BV100. Furthermore, BV100 is designed to accommodate a number of secondary uses such as crisis meetings, receptions, ceremonies and video conferences. A state of the art audio-video system is designed to maximize ease of use, add a variety of connection capabilities and fully support a ‘Bring you own device’ setup while maintaining a high-quality appearance. Interior climate aspects are improved to ensure a feeling of well-being. CONCLUSION By carefully gathering the demands and wishes of the users and actively involving them in the design process a successful design proposal has been made. The presented final concept is well received and initial reactions are positive. Now that final feedback has been added, a final presentation will be held for the Executive Board and members of the Facility Service Centre. When approved, this will lead to the start of the redecoration of the executive boardroom. ABSTRACT Figure
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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