An interconnected space where the creation and sharing of knowledge through technological management becomes the way to the dynamic process of open innovation. That is how the StudioOriginal Designers 6R5 Network has designed the Fabio Perini-Körber Solutions’s Tomorrow Lab in Lucca (Italy): a digital hub for guiding the 4.0 revolution in the tissue industry.
Multifunctional space for researching and innovating, the Tomorrow Lab is born from the shared vision between the Studio Original Designers 6R5 Network and Fabio Perini, leading company in the supply of machinery and processing and packaging services of tissue: a world made by the net of different kinds of intelligence (human and artificial) dealing with different and dynamic challenges every day.
Challenges that can be faced grasping the opportunities given by digitalization and fostering an open innovation culture capable of involving the entire system, bringing together startups, universities, business accelerators, and institutions.
The Tomorrow Lab project is based on the interior design restyling of the 500 sqm building from the 1970s, located near the company’s facilities and central offices in Lucca. The stiffness of the dividers is overtaken by the dynamism of several connected routes created in the open space.
An open space characterized by clear colors of the surfaces (as the bleached oak parquet of the floor and the white counter-ceiling) that contrast with the strong colors used for the large bright walls and the emotional and cutting edge signage created by Tectonika Design.
Moreover, natural lighting becomes a central element of the project by opening to full height the large pre-existing windows on the entire office area.
Considering the planimetry, various areas branch out from the central space, such as the Research space, Conference and teleconference room, the Prototype Room, the Technical bodies and services and the Relax Room. All these environments are interconnected by a multimedia and home automation network, that allows every researcher to stay connected with colleagues, the database and other offices of Fabio Perini, through personal multi-function handhelds and touch screen, distributed throughout space.
Eventually, the heart of the Tomorrow Lab is the Prototype Room where all this open communication becomes, literally, fixed in the matter, thanks to the use of 3D printers, fostering the confrontation and the development of new ideas.
Text by Gabriele Masi.