The tasks inside the traditional factory were split up into ‘thinking‘, ‘decision making’ and ‘performing’. Today the togetherness of mental and manual work have become the ideal. Avoidance of internal frictional losses as well as tight spatial interlock of planning and performing sections are vital to handle the increasing complexity. This team approach induces a communication architecture that enables to spot and correct mistakes at source. In addition to quality control, architecture designed for networking and transparency encourages people-to-people links, self-determination and active participation of work and setting.

Scientific studies point out that 80% of all innovative concepts are achieved by informal and unscheduled communication. A factory should be divides into public, semi-public and private areas to support this kind of communication and its effects. In doing so the factory opens up for all kinds of happenings like congresses, scientific symposiums, lectures, vernissages or swap exchanges. The workshop character of the building is conducive and allows a fast change of set-ups. New potentials of communication are also provided by good designed corridors, galleries and staircases. They offer the space for spontaneous brainstorming as well as informal communication and become important think-tanks for the factory.

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