EY Wavespace Centre
Welcome to EY Wavespace.
This is a bit of a different floor to what you would typically see in EY workplace. This is because EY wanted to make this floor a bit of a unique experience. The biggest difficulty about this space was at the design stage. The challenge was for the architect to design around the massive pillars that were existing on the floor. In fact, they did a really good job in covering these pillars with furniture stores and storage, but there was still one massive pillar right in the middle of the presentation space. However, the design team came up with an even more creative solution for this problem by designing a pivoting wall that rotates around the pillar. This solution not only allows for two different flexible presentation zones operating at one time, but also provides 1 large immersive free flowing presentation space.
One of the unique features about EY Wavespace project was that we needed four different audio zones that weren’t separated by much, but the audio coverage was not supposed to spill over into the other areas. This meant that two people could be presenting in two different presentation spaces at the same time without the audio from the any of the spaces, the lobby, or the café spilling into other areas. We used the Bose Edgemax technology that actually throws audio in either a 90-degree pattern or a 180-degree pattern to make sure we could listen to music here in the lobby and not have it spilled over into those Meeting Space areas.
Additionally, we coordinated a lot of loudspeakers that were just big enough to fit inside this feature ceiling. In this way, the audio is throwing down and it would be less likely to spill into other areas as it’s absorbed by the people listening to it and also absorbed by the carpet underneath. We also have drop down speakers that are throwing the audio away from each different zone. A lot of microphones that are used within this space can actually be taken over to the café and it’s just a matter of pressing a button to move between the two different spaces. You don’t need to have certain microphones for certain areas, you can literally have all ten microphones in the space used in the one area. It’s a big intricate system that we had to build to make sure that these microphones can be used in any space on the floor.
In commercial spaces we’ve grown very used to having the room lights turn on each time we walk into a room, and we thought to ourselves, why can’t we just do the same thing with the TV. So, here in the Lab Incubator Room at EY Wavespace, we have occupancy sensors that detect whenever someone’s come into the room, and once it does, this TV’s turn on. This space is made to be collaborative, and so we have a number of Surface Hubs in the space as well as portable LCD screens with wireless presenters. Additionally, we have this Benne Wall here, three projectors playing side by side. Here, people can have collaborative software that allows them to make sketches, and murals, and post sticky notes. It’s essentially a digital version of a whiteboard as well as a digital version of posted notes.