Maintain Physical Distance
The fixed personal space for individuals to control COVID-19 is a 2m sphere in both static and dynamic environments. To maintain this distance, each individual is responsible for their own sphere and how it intersects with others as people come together in shared spaces – or move through the office. To help users with keeping their personal space, we calibrate densities, redesign layouts, breakout and circulation areas.
Create Circulation Patterns
Thinking of our users as traffic flow through primary and secondary pathways – or main boulevards used by all and neighborhood side streets used by residents. The aim is allowing them to move through spaces while maintaining their personal sphere. Safe circulation through and around shared spaces can be addressed through adequate width, directional traffic or additional shielding. That’s the role that these circulation pattern indicators play in (work)spaces.
Develop Spatial Context
Because every space is different it is crucial to communicate effectively about the space’s circulation and permanence rules.
Helping users understand their spatial context is paramount when designing shared spaces with well resolved physical distancing and circulation patterns. Enhancing users’ familiarity with the space will allow them to navigate safely through enclosed spaces with fixed walls, static furniture and limited airflow, while also proving useful in open spaces with more flexible arrangements and additional airflow always with confidence.