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Lessons from LEGO: Creating Your Modular Office

Modular Office

Anyone with a child under the age of 15 (or simply an affinity for LEGOs) will no doubt have heard of LEGO’s latest modular building, The Detective’s Office. This latest installment in their modular building series has caused quite the buzz on message boards, social media, and consumer reviews. Here at Porta-King, LEGO’s new detective’s agency reminds us of all the reasons we love real-life modular offices in the first place.

Modular Components Streamline Building Capabilities

The Detective’s Office is one of many sets that LEGO has branded as their “modular buildings.” While there are clearly many differences between an in-plant office and a child’s toy, both structures represent “modular” in several similar ways.

Obviously, you can’t build real life functional modular offices with LEGOs. But you can use the same building concepts to construct a building quickly and easily. Much like the detective agency, modular offices use pre-engineered components that meet a specific project’s design. However, this original plan does not limit their reuse abilities in the future. Just as you can deconstruct a LEGO structure and use the parts in other projects, a modular office can often reuse their parts during a redesign.

Using Your Imagination During the Design Process

It’s clear during the building process and from the final product that a lot of thought and love went into designing LEGO’s Detective Office. Each piece serves a specific purpose; none of them are extraneous (except, of course, the duplicates provided in case one gets lost or eaten by your dog). In addition, the ultimate scene created tells a rich story involving a detective, a smuggling conspiracy, and more.

This kind of imagination can be just as rewarding when designing actual modular offices. It’s important to ask yourself what kind of ‘story’ will happen in your office? How will people interact with each other and the space you are creating? Once you know how your modular office will function, you can design the layout, choose the right materials, and apply your business practices to compliment that ultimate goal.

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