Thinker cell in the room-in-room principle as a self-sufficient room element

Combined office

The combination office consists of standardized and small single rooms that are lined up along the facade around a combination zone. It was created in Scandinavia in the mid-80s and also achieved popularity in Germany, largely through Congena. The dispute that was intensifying at this time between advocates of the large area and supporters of the cell office literally cried out for a compromise, an optimum from both worlds.

Features combination office

  • closed office landscape
  • Individual workstations
  • uniform work areas
  • moderate transparency, moderate visual relationships
  • Combined zone for teamwork
  • good acoustics
  • low flexibility
  • poor land use

Small individual rooms around the combination zone

In a group, if necessary, and alone if necessary. According to this motto, small but optimally furnished individual rooms were created, lined up on the facade around the spacious combination zone. The office fronts are glazed as much as possible, flooding them with daylight. The combination zone opens up the offices and offers areas for working in groups, for ad hoc communication, for the archive, office technology and, for example. B. the work café. The combination zone is not only included in the action, but rather forms the public core of the area, similar to a market square in a village or city. Today the combination zone developed here is used for almost all planning variants. Each office has a lockable door. Concentrated work is possible, while the glass walls promote transparency and proximity. At the same time, the combination zone with its facilities is available to and encourages teamwork. Thanks to standardization, the single rooms offer individuality and yet are flexible. Moves can be carried out without moving any furniture. The combination office is the most uneconomical office concept, especially in terms of population density. The basic investment is similar to the land consumption.

Current open office worlds simply turn the combined office principle

It seems as if the combined office no longer plays a significant role today. Although the advantages speak very much in favor of this type of office space, high investments and costs stand in contrast. In modern, open office environments, the principle is simply turned around. In the combination zone there are closed communication rooms and the office space remains open.

smart office

Experts use the term smart office to describe a diverse office landscape that offers the user specialized work areas.

acoustic office

We call an “acoustic office” an office room form derived from open space. Acoustic installations eliminate weak points.

open space

open space is the contemporary name for office spaces that do not require any walls. Without appropriate measures, communication becomes a problem.

business club

The business club is an open office world, flavored with the vision of an English club. You're a member, but you're not always there.

cell office

The cubicle office consists of floor-to-ceiling closed office spaces that are lined up along the facade and form a hallway that is only a traffic route.


The group office creates team zones behind floor-to-ceiling hallway walls. Four or more workstations are combined in one room.

combined office

The combination office consists of standardized and small single rooms along the facade. The resulting hallway is a team zone.