Room to Huddle

Room to Huddle

Many large corporations have taken an open concept approach to their space which has eliminated many of the smaller accommodations for meetings that benefit from more intimate space, a quiet atmosphere, the need for privacy, and/or audio-visual equipment that works in a more confined area. Typically seating three to eight persons, fewer than a football team, the term “huddle room” has nevertheless been coined to identify these spaces. I read a blog post* recently that was touting the benefits of “huddle rooms” for businesses and was intrigued about how this might apply to small business and even families.

Homes being built these days, with open floor plan designs, high ceilings, and expansive great rooms, offer versatile space where families can be together for meals, recreation, and relaxation. Such spaces are terrific for extroverts, but perhaps these open plans sacrifice the space required by some family members to simply BE. I suspect the development of “man caves” and (as the popular commercial terms them) “she sheds” is a result of the need for individuals to find space for themselves and their activities.

Businesses have discovered this need. Perhaps every family needs to find space for a “huddle room” too.



Kevin Astala