March 27, 2015

A Workspace That Inspires

The new KieranTimberlake studio within the historic building that once housed a bottling plant for a popular local brewery in Philadelphia. 

© Michael Moran

Susan Richardson of NewsWorks/WHYY recently visited KieranTimberlake's new workspace inside the former bottling plant of the Henry F. Ortlieb brewery in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia. In her blog titled Human at Work, she discusses the ways in which the renovated plant adapts to the needs of workers, rather than asking workers to adapt to it.  
Calling the open-plan studio a "cathedral-like space," Richardson says that her favorite part is the abundant natural light spilling in at the top and the edges. She quotes founding partner Stephen Kieran as saying, "Time happens in this space...The sun moves through the space and arcs through it, beginning with the east side with a beam that moves across the floor. It's truly a spiritual experience—that abundance of natural light—that's so absent from corporate office spaces." 
The blog includes a video (after the jump) that offers a look inside the workspace and commentary from employees.

Read more at Human at Work:

A Workspace Adapted to People, Not the Other Way Around 
A Workspace That Tracks the Millennial Creative Process