In Finland, event planners can consider sending their delegates to
the woods for corporate pow-wows or wellness breaks thanks to a
collaborative project that has seen the installation of remote
workstations in nature sites across the city of Lahti.
Situated in five different locations, the Viita-workstations are part
of Lahti’s year-long campaign as the European Green Capital 2021,
created by TBWA\Helsinki and Finnish design company Upwood.
“The ordinary workday looks very different compared to what it was a
couple years ago, and remote work is here to stay. Many have also found
themselves to nature more often in between meetings. The new
workstations make it possible to work remotely while enjoying the
calming effects of nature,” said the City of Lahti's head of
communications, Saara Piispanen.
In terms of design, remote workers will appreciate the functionality:
a telephone and a cup holder, an area for one’s laptop, a place to put
one’s pens and a spot to hang a bag or purse.
The workstations are made of durable Finnish spruce and carefully
attached to trees to avoid damage during installation and removal.
The design has also been made available for open use — a possible
idea for planners and venue operators worldwide to set up similar
workstations or spin-offs for events.