Design laboratory, coworking and maker space under one roof
The Munich consulting firm CSMM designs experimental think tank for the BSH Household Appliances Group
Munich, 29th January 2019. What will tomorrow’s fridge look like? How do household appliances become smart aids? What will a washing machine of tomorrow need? In order to find answers to these and other questions, the BSH Hausgeräte GmbH has moved into an innovative combination of office, workshop and test laboratory in Munich. The new BSH CO coworking, testing and maker space of the household appliance manufacturer, BSH GmbH, has now opened in the Unterhaching district of Munich. The Munich architectural and consulting company, CSMM, handled the architectural development and implementation of the project. On an area of around 600 square metres, the new site offers space for digitisation, research and development and for 70 employees.
“With the BSH CO think tank, we have created a place where creativity and flexibility can come together for the BSH Group in the south of Munich”, says Reiner Nowak, Managing Director of the Munich company CSMM. “The basic idea for the BSH CO has its origins in the thought and design processes of Silicon Valley. The key aspect of our challenge was to translate an appropriate architectural language which supports agile processes. Light and scalable rooms enable the development of fluent communication. In addition, designers can unleash their creative potential in a variety of functional spaces, such as lounge areas, presentation spaces and so-called maker spaces – entirely in line with the new work concept”, says Reiner Nowak, explaining the design of the think tank. “So that users can adapt the rooms flexibly to their different, project-related needs, we developed prototypes for foldable work tables and a flexible partitioning system for the project in house. What’s more, the spaces were equipped throughout with state-of-the-art media technology, enabling purely digitally networked working.”
As a counterpoint to the 3D printers installed in the maker spaces, that is the physical production of prototypes, Reiner Nowak names the virtual reality technology used on site as a particular highlight: those testing the user experience can literally immerse themselves in the household appliances, such as washing machines, refrigerators, etc., using virtual reality glasses and thus become part of the development process at BSH Hausgeräte GmbH.
The new BSH CO unites more than six product areas, numerous disciplines and 13 brands under one roof and offers space for a modern working environment that allows agile and flexible ways of working.