Self-supporting room in room System vetroCUBE
A room in room system builds self-supporting, soundproof office pods, detached from the building and thus optimises open space or open-plan offices.
Advantages of these space solutions:
vetroCUBE enables the construction of free-standing, self-contained and independent room units in large rooms. They do not have to be connected to the building. These office pods are self-sufficient. They ventilate themselves and are soundproof. They have integrated lighting and system electrification. On request, they can also be equipped with comfortable, draught-free cooling and radiant cooling. With this system-integrated equipment, the cube is not dependent on the building's infrastructure. The office pod does not necessarily have to be fixed to the floor; it does not connect to the facade, wall or ceiling. It does not need a window. The office pod system vetroCUBE enables the construction of a wide variety of units for a wide variety of applications with the best possible sound insulation.
Design and layout:
The vetroCUBE concept is characterised by frameless glass surfaces and glass corners without supports. On the one hand, vetroCUBE appears light, transparent and flooded with light from the outside, so that you do not disturb the appearance of the open office space, the room situation as a whole. On the other hand, even very compact rooms tend to appear spacious from the inside. The glass surfaces are not perceived as a "massive" boundary, so that a pleasant feeling of space is created in the cube for the user. This ultimately contributes to the acceptance of the system.
Possible uses of these space solutions:
Large room, open office space, smart office and new work:
The free-standing room system is typically used on large, open office spaces (open space / open space / smart office /new work). As think tanks, they are located in the central zone, away from the facade. This area is not suitable for colonisation with workplaces. These areas are difficult to use sensibly. The free-standing, independent and adaptable room-in-room construction was developed precisely for this purpose. In the central zone of the office space, the Think Tank offer many advantages to the users of the large space.
Background: Success requires a change of communication and concentration.
Managers are increasingly convinced that employees should communicate in teams as often as possible. It also goes without saying that colleagues today are always available to talk to. Systems such as Skype and the like put the employee on "permanent online". However, a study shows limits. The large-scale experiment provided the proof. Scientists had 600 small groups solve tasks in three different situations. Situation 1: the team members had no contact at all. Situation 2: the team members had contact with each other after each round and could exchange results. Situation 3: the team members had contact with each other after each THIRD round. The expectation of the scientists was that situation 2, i.e. the constantly communicating teams, would bring the best results. This expectation was not confirmed! Situation 3, the change from communication and concentration, brought the best solutions. Only the communication in intervals improves the results of the low performers, as well as those of the high performers. The insight into the work of the team colleagues is important, but also sufficient time available to reflect this information concentratively. Source: Ethan Bernstein et al.: "How Intermittent Breaks in Interaction Improve Collective Intelligence", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, August 2018. See also: www.harvardbusinessmanager.de/blogs/kommunikation-im-team-a-1249749.html
Create spatial diversity!
Let's build a bridge to modern open office space. Communication is not neglected here, one should believe. But does it really take place? Colleagues quickly feel disturbed, conversations have to take place in whisper mode and are therefore often avoided. The supposed ability of open space to communicate brings the opposite result. This is not how open office space works. This makes it all the more important for the space to offer a sufficient number of retreat areas. Room-in-room systems are the suitable means of choice here. In the immediate vicinity of the workplace, clearly visible, easily visible and thus without complex booking scenarios, the Think Tanks offer the necessary retreat areas for teamwork, conferences, telephony or simply maximum concentration. On the other hand, the space on the façade remains free of conference rooms, making it fully available for workstations, the "work space". This significantly increases space efficiency. The room construction is trimmed for flexibility. The free-standing rooms can be moved quickly and without loss of material.
Office work in production:
Workstations in production areas can benefit from vetroCUBE. With its good sound insulation of 37 dB, vetroCUBE provides good acoustic insulation for workplaces in production, thus offering the best sound insulation. In addition, the system offers good room acoustics in the interior, even for team rooms (telephone calls by several people). Compared to the classic master cabins, the modern and filigree design of the Cube offers advantages especially for high-tech productions. Manufacturers of electronic components, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics can benefit from the acoustic and design advantages of the vetroCUBE.
Communication and breaks in production:
The products offer similar advantages for communicative or organizational processes in modern manufacturing processes. Consider the shift change, e.g. in the automotive industry. Teams are gathered here for short, concentrated briefings or simply during the break to relax, isolated from the busy and noisy events on the production floor. At the same time, however, the employees remain within sight and in direct proximity to the processes.
point of sale:
Banks draw great benefits from space in space construction. Cash desks can be expanded quickly and without major disruption to operations by adding discreet consultation rooms. Banks must look after their customers personally and confidentially. This offers opportunities for optimising the business without a great deal of construction work.
Car dealerships can benefit from vetroCUBE. Office space or sales rooms no longer necessarily have to be located on the facade or wall. Room-forming walls do not have to be lifted up to the roof of the hall and connected there in an awkward way. Free-standing room systems can be freely distributed over the exhibition area and provide the necessary services directly at the point of sale.
Why room in room?
The answers are as follows: Independence, flexibility, versatility, adaptability and sound insulation. The Cube is self-sufficient. It is independent of the building. This has enormous advantages for the area planner and facility management. The room construction needs no connection to the facade or wall. The Cube can simply be positioned freely on the surface and operated in "plug play" mode. The retreat room already works. It also requires no connection to the building's ventilation system. These Kubus systems ventilate themselves. They are not dependent on the lighting of the building and bring their own internal electrification. The vetroCUBE system is easy to assemble and disassemble. There are no dismantling loads. These room systems are easy to install. They can be moved with you and are reusable. The investment is not lost. The decoupling from the building offers tax and financial advantages.
How does the vetroCUBE:
The system stands freely on the surface. The construction is self-contained and self-supporting. Stability and stability are statically proven. On request, the unit can be supplied with its own floor. The system-compatible floor then completely decouples the system from the building. The vetroCUBE no longer has to be screwed into the floor of the building. In addition, the floor offers additional potential for electrification.
vetroCUBE is designed according to the modular principle. A floor ring and a ceiling ring made of aluminium profiles as well as load-bearing walls form the basic framework. All aluminium profiles are silver anodised (EV1). The walls are frameless only glass elements or solid wall elements. The only glass elements are 12 mm thick, designed as LSG Phonostop elements. The solid wall elements are sandwich constructions, consisting of a central support element and an inner and outer function panel. These panels can be whiteboard elements, high-performance absorbers or simple decorative elements. The solid walls are not products of conventional partition wall systems, but are specially designed for the purpose of vetroCUBE. The doors are usually all-glass doors 12 mm ESG. However, solid door leaves, i.e. solid doors, are also available. The frame is a filigree aluminium profile. The fittings are made of stainless steel and meet the highest demands. The doors are room-high and equipped with lowerable floor seals. The ceiling element is a construction of load-bearing profiles and invisibly fastened metal cassettes. The ceilings are microperforated and carry a complex structure of material components, which on the one hand ensure high sound insulation, but also ensure optimum room acoustics in the vetroCUBE. The modular structure of the room systems enables the provision of a wide variety of room units. This refers to size, equipment and transparency. The maximum span width of the ceiling elements is 4200 mm. Thus the depth of the vetroCUBE is wide. Lengths of up to 10 m are possible, so that even large conference rooms can be represented.
From time to time we are confronted with the demand to mount the room in room system WITHOUT any fastening to the building structure, i.e. without drilling holes in the floor. At this point we expressly point out that only direct mounting on the floor of the building allows a ground-level entrance. This is the only way to ensure barrier-free access.
Option system floor:
Yes, on special request we can supply a system floor for the room in room system, so that the vetroCUBE does not actually have to be screwed to the floor of the building. Usually, the background to this wish is a high-quality stone floor, e.g. in a lobby, which should be protected. The construction of the vetroCUBE is built on this system floor in the usual way, so that a self-contained unit then exists. In addition, the system floor offers cavities for the supply of electrification to the wall elements. As mentioned before, this solution has the disadvantage of the threshold in the entrance area, even though it is only 50 mm high. The advantage is that the floor inside the cube can then be individually designed.
Room in room units in concatenation:
Such spatial concepts are often planned in blocks. Although we prefer the separation of the units, simply to offer the user a cube in the direct vicinity of the workplace, we must be able to respond to this planning approach. For the linking of the vetroCUBE units it is necessary to decouple the systems acoustically. A simple solution with a centre wall would result in too high a sound transmission. Experience shows that the simple wall is good for sound insulation in the direction of the lively office space, but is not sufficient to ensure confidentiality between quiet rooms. This is the reason why we place two independent think tanks next to each other and link them optically, but keep them acoustically decoupled. This ultimately has the advantage that the user can separate the rooms at any time and set them up separately. Conversely, he can also combine the rooms into one large room.
Integrated system ventilation:
The basic requirement for the independent function of the vetroCUBE, even beyond the façade, beyond a window, is quiet and efficient integrated ventilation. Heated and "used" air is drawn off via the ceiling luminaire. The active component of the ventilation is located on the ceiling element above the luminaire. An acoustically decoupled and soundproofed fan box guarantees a quiet, efficient and thermally optimal air flow through the room in room system. With an air output (volume flow) of 240 m³/h, the fan box emits less than 35 dB(A). At lower air outputs, as required for telephone boxes, the noise emission falls below 25 dB(A). Depending on the size of the vetroCUBE, the average volume flow, the air output, is controlled. This is achieved on the one hand by setting the fan speed and on the other hand by the number of fan boxes fitted. The solid wall system provides the passive component of the ventilation. The sandwich construction of the solid wall enables a good acoustic decoupling of the air intake opening and thus offers advantages over the mullion-transom construction. Each fan box includes two solid wall elements with airflow openings in the base area, i.e. close to the floor. Here fresh and cooler air flows in from the surrounding large area. This ensures an optimal thermal flow of the vetroCUBE. The volume flow can be adjusted by the user. Sufficient capacities are built in to activate a short-term surge ventilation (air shower). Each fan box then has a capacity of up to 600 m³/h.
The ventilation system is maintenance-free. There are no air filters or other components to be replaced or maintained. After all, the air has the same quality as the air that colleagues breathe in open space, so that filters are obsolete and would unnecessarily increase air resistance.
Option Connection to the on-site ventilation system:
If the building can offer on-site ventilation at the planned parking spaces, it is also possible to connect the think tank to the building's own ventilation system. Supply air pipes can be connected via corresponding cut-outs in the system ceiling. The exhaust air can be passively discharged via the previously described overflow openings of the solid walls. This variant makes sense above all if there is a requirement to supply the room with fresh, filtered and possibly cooled air.
The room in room system vetroCUBE often forms very compact room units. For example, 7-9 m² of floor space must often be sufficient to offer 4 people a meeting room, for example. Experience has shown that a good sense of space often leads to long periods of use. Now you must bear in mind that each user generates a heating output of approx. 100 W, so that, depending on the ambient temperature in the large room, undesirable heat loads can occur. For such cases, the vetroCUBE room-in-room system offers comfortable cooling, a cooling ceiling.
The ceilings of the room in room systems are constructions of microperforated metal cassettes. These metal cassettes become cooling elements in which heat exchangers (cold water meanders / pipe coils) are applied to the rear sides. The cooling ceiling equipped in this way is now connected to a closed cold water circuit. This can be a cold water line provided by the customer or a self-sufficient recooler, which in turn stands as a box on the ceiling element. The cool surfaces now absorb the heat loads. The system is highly convenient. We deliberately decided to separate the cooling from the ventilation (separation system). This offers the advantage of being able to optimise ventilation exclusively for material relief of the air and cooling for thermal relief.
If one would try to work with a circulating air cooling, would be to be counted, straight in the small rooms, with draught phenomena, since the volume flow would have to be laid out accordingly high.
The sound insulation of the construction is particularly important. With a certified sound insulation of 37 dB, vetroCUBE even reliably seals off confidential conversations. The certificate/certificate refers to the entire construction when installed. Please bear in mind at this point that the background noise of the environment has a decisive influence. The thinker cell thus offers optimum sound insulation. The sound insulation of the room in room system optimises the room acoustics and thus the efficiency of the office space.
Room acoustics, reverberation time:
The acoustic quality inside the thinker cell, the reverberation time, must be adjustable. Basically, the ceiling of the vetroCUBE is acoustically highly effective, i.e. designed as an A-class absorber. The high acoustic value of these microperforated metal cassettes ensures that the reverberation time is between 3 and 4 s, i.e. optimum room acoustics are achieved. This applies to all rooms larger than or equal to 6 m². The main advantage of ceiling absorption is that full wall surfaces do not have to be fitted with wall absorbers. This means that solid walls can be minimised in the sense of a light feeling of space or added to other functions (whiteboard / projection screen / screen / decoration). Only particularly small rooms, smaller than 6 m² should be additionally equipped with wall absorbers. These absorbers are also microperforated metal cassettes and are A-class absorbers. With these elements even very small rooms (telephone booths, smaller than 2 m²) can be acoustically conditioned optimally. The reverberation time can be set precisely so that even sensitive hands-free kits work well. All woodtec absorbers are equipped with polyethylene fibre fleece. This material is a recycled product from PET bottles and is recyclable. It also bears the Ökotex seal and is therefore beyond any ecological and ergonomic doubt.
Room solutions need good lighting, individually dimmable and intelligently controlled. The number of luminaires depends on the size of the vetroCUBE. Corresponding lighting calculations ensure that the lighting situation is correct. The light is switched on and off via a presence detector integrated in the ceiling. In addition, the user has the option of individually switching or dimming the light, e.g. to adapt the lighting conditions to a screen presentation.
Just as important is a ready-to-use and pluggable electrification. vetroCUBE is manufactured and provided according to the "plug play" principle. All electrotechnical elements installed in the cube are internally pre-wired (pluggable connections). For the 230V electrification all functions converge in a control box on the ceiling element. Here we offer an interface, a socket Wieland GST18i3FS2RV, for the mains connection. A cable with the corresponding plug must be provided by the customer. The vetroCUBE will be connected and tested during assembly. The formal commissioning must be carried out by a local electrician. For data electrification, the responsible service provider hands over the appropriate cables to us so that we can pull them into the solid walls of the vetroCUBE to the prepared slots during installation.
The room in room system is self-supporting and self-sufficient. It stands freely on the surface and is not dependent on the building or its infrastructure. This core statement about the system is correct and yet there are dependencies that make interfaces to the building necessary. With electrification we got to know an interface. Further connections to the building structure result from the necessities of fire protection. If an office space has to be equipped with a fire alarm system, experience has shown that this applies to every room. Then such a system must also be installed in the room in room units. Smoke detectors must also be installed there and connected to the fire alarm system as required. The same applies to ELA systems. Depending on the fire protection concept, these loudspeakers must also be able to be installed in the room-in-room system. The area-wide sprinkler system can also be part of the fire protection concept. If this is the case, it must also be possible to install the sprinkler head in the room-in-room system.
Not infrequently we receive the request for nonflammable room in room units. These are often rooms that have to be set up in foyers or similar areas. The fire load must not be increased on such areas. In this case, we can provide the room in room system in non-combustible quality, in A2 quality.
Design and transparency:
The filigree construction, the light design and the high proportion of frameless glazed surfaces are important for the room-in-room system. All panes are dry glued by means of a transparent joining profile. There are no vertical profiles or supports, as with a post-and-beam system. This column-free and frameless construction and the glass corners contribute to the light and timeless appearance. This provides the necessary width even for small rooms and thus a pleasant usability. On request, we can also supply "round corners". Curved glass can create special effects in a room.
Room in room work settings
The work setting of the room in room system results from size and equipment
woodtec offers the room in room system vetroCUBE in different sizes. Some examples, an infinite number of configurations are conceivable, can be found on the page Room in Room Solutions. Very small rooms are e.g. telephone booths. Video telephony or so-called Skype meetings already require slightly larger cubes. Focus rooms, lounge meetings and rest rooms can also be offered in compact formats. Teamwork or the classical meeting needs larger formats.
Room in room Equipment type
Not only the size of the room in room product has influence on the desired work setting. Above all, the equipment must also be provided accordingly. It is important to plan the furnishing, but also the technical, functional and decorative equipment:
Particularly important is the ventilation of the room in room system. It must be optimally designed for the number of users to be expected. The lighting should be controlled by the user. Different requirements apply to the presentation on the screen than to the work with e.g. plans. The user must find the technical interfaces required for the planned work setting. This includes 230 V sockets, RJ45 interfaces, but also HDMI interfaces, USB chargers and others. The indispensable screen must be mountable on the solid wall and requires appropriate connections itself.
Solid wall elements can be purely decorative or have an additional functional value. They can be pinboard, whiteboard or blackboard. Depending on the size of the room in room product, they even have to be activated acoustically. The ceiling element is a high performance absorber. So only rooms smaller than 9 m² need additional acoustic surfaces in the walls.
vetroCUBE offers many possibilities to individualize the room in room unit. A sober and timeless design is just as possible as the design according to the trendy "work life balance design". The walls can be produced in different decors, fabrics can be covered, color-coated or individually digitally printed. Especially digital printing offers endless possibilities to detail the "work setting" of the cube. The same applies to the profiles. Here the whole RAL palette is applicable. Last but not least, glass surfaces can be individually laminated.
Fabric surfaces convey a more homely character. Felt surfaces are currently particularly popular, appear natural and underline the "work-life-balance-design".
Size and furniture:
vetroCUBE is a modular system. On the basis of your buildings and your interior planning, we develop together with you the optimal size for your vetroCUBE. On the vetroCUBE Solutions page we show you a series of recommendations. The space in space units listed here are only examples. We will respond individually to your wishes, e.g. to develop a standard for your house.
Even smaller units can be differently characterised by different furniture configurations. For small cubes in particular, light, movable furniture or even the abandonment of seating furniture is ideal.
Colours and Prints
For the room in room system we offer a range of colour design options. So you can also set creative accents in order to adapt your vetroCUBE individually in addition to size and equipment. Wall elements can be colour-coated or digitally printed. In combination with the coloured accentuation of the profiles, this results not only in individual designs, but also in thematic positioning of the rooms. In future, employees will no longer meet in Cube 1 on the third floor, but on the beach or meadow.
Consideration of the alternative drywall construction
At this point, we strongly recommend a reflection on the original thought processes that have initiated the development of space-in-space systems. The system should be able to create spaces decoupled from the building, easy to install like furniture, easy to move and therefore adaptable to the flexible needs of open space. We advise a thorough assessment of the importance of dust-free installation and relocation. Think of your ongoing operations. The reusability of all components must be evaluated as well as the modular expandability of the vetroCUBE. Think of the acoustics in the room and the ready-to-use electrification of the vetroCUBE. Compare these properties with those of a plasterboard construction.
The evaluation of the design seems particularly important to us. Imagine the vetroCUBE with three-sided glazing in open space and imagine the drywall construction consisting of plasterboard panels and UA profiles next to it. Now evaluate the effects on the architecture of the open space.