Here is a new word for you. Eudaimonia. It’s a Greek word that means, simply, living well. It’s a trendy word in the architecture of office design, consisting of five open spaces which lead into a private space for doing some serious work. Klaus and Pearl have designed just such a space in the virtual world of Second Life. Let’s begin with this bulletin board, just a sample of the beautiful graphic art in the office.
Now, pretend that you walk up to the new building. It’s design distracts you from the traffic outside. The entrance leads you around the corner to a pleasant space.
You enter into the first space, which is “The Gallery” where examples of earlier work are meant to inspire the workers.
No long halls here. Each room connects so that you walk through them all. The Second room is “The Salon” with comfy furniture and snacks and beverages for a gathering place to share ideas with other workers.
The third room, “The Library” holds a permanent record of all the work produced here, and books and other resources and copiers and scanners for all to use.
Room Four is simply “The Office Space” which will be used as a conference space, desks or tables, whiteboards, and maybe an administrator to help out.
And now we enter the core of the workspace, where each worker has a small private space for a ” Deep Work Chamber.” Neither Klaus or Pearl were at the office when I visited, but I could easily guess which office was which.
Eudaimonia! I had never heard the word until I peeked into the Eudaimonia Machine Building along a busy highway on Secondlife.