TBWA Helsinki Full Service Helsinki, Finland See Profile Feeling bored due to the dullness of remote work? Take your laptop and march into the forest to operate in a calm, tranquil environment! This is now possible in Finland – the city of Lahti wished to encourage its locals to enjoy the soothing effect of nature and has actually for that reason established remote workstations in the city’s nature sites complimentary for everybody to use. The Viita-workstations have been made in collaboration by innovative company TBWA Helsinki and Finnish design business Upwood. The Viita-workstations belong of Lahti’s year as European Green Capital 2021, and the project highlights the future of remote work and altering needs of workers by utilizing Nordic style. Residents and tourists can use the workstations free of charge in five various areas around the city’s nature sites. Lahti also shares the style for open usage and encourages other stars to set up their own workstations.
“The common workday looks very various compared to what it was a couple years back, and remote work is here to stay. Lots of have actually also found themselves to nature regularly in between meetings. The new workstations make it possible to work from another location while taking pleasure in the relaxing impacts of nature” states Head of Communications Saara Piispanen from Lahti – European Green Capital 2021.
Finnish style proficiency and nature fulfill in Viita-workstations in an unique way. The idea of remote workstations in forest was developed by a team of students from LAB Institute of Design and Art, and the Viita-workstations are designed in the Innovation Laboratory of TBWA Helsinki. The workstations are made from Finnish spruce by a Lahti-based carpenter from design company Upwood.
“The concept of the project was to highlight the future of remote work and changing requirements of workers by using Nordic style. Viita-workstations also remind us about the significance of neighboring nature. The workstations have gotten lots of favorable feedback from residents of Lahti and in social networks”, states Tuomas Karvonen, Creative Material Strategist from TBWA Helsinki.
Area is reflected in both the style and execution of the Viita workstations Nature was highly present throughout the design procedure of the Viita workstations. The design reflects ecology, locality and performance. The workstations are special in terms of usability, and differ from traditional camping tables due to their functions that are particularly designed for remote working. They include a telephone and a cup holder, a location for one’s laptop computer, a location to put one’s pens and a possibility to hang a bag or bag.
Viita workstations are made of Finnish spruce, which is long lasting material for outdoor usage. Using spruce has a long history in Finland, and as a product it represents the Finnish forest at its best. The workstations are attached to trees so that no harm is done to the trees after installation and removal. Viita workstations will be in use for the very first time this autumn as a part of the Green Capital Year.
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