How about your next meeting in the woods?

Amid the rise of corporate wellness, these remote workstations could be the future of meetings.

Practical functions of the Viita-workstations include a telephone and a cup holder, an area for one’s laptop, a place for stationery, and a spot to hang a bag or purse.
Practical functions of the Viita-workstations include a telephone and a cup holder, an area for one’s laptop, a place for stationery, and a spot to hang a bag or purse.

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.



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