As part of the brief for their new offices at 6 Pancras Square, Google commissioned AHMM to develop a modular unit which would have the full functionality of a meeting room yet could be built or taken down and reassembled elsewhere in a matter of hours or days. The idea was to have a meeting room that would be deliverable to a similar time frame to the constantly evolving and changing business processes and team structures. The result, known as Jack, is a bespoke, modular small room and spatial accessory system built from wooden cassettes that can be assembled, reassembled and reconfigured in a variety of ways to create differently sized, fully or partially enclosed spaces. A total of 160 Jacks will be installed in Google’s London HQ with prototypes being sent to other international Google offices. Each set of components is accompanied by a ‘Jack Manual’, with the idea that members of staff are trained to assemble them together, promoting teamwork and collaboration. With the success of Jack - a design born from collaboration with Google - AHMM is now looking to roll out the system more widely, providing a solution to workspace inflexibility and shortages.
An academic ‘white paper’ on the project by Dr Kerstin Sailer, Reader in Social and Spatial Networks at The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, is available to download here.