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Von der Heyden Pavilion, Duke University: “Safe Space”

Monday, 30 June 2008

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With its cafe and generous space, the glass-walled Pavilion is a wildly popular destination campus destination. The space evolved to embody a concept we call “safe space”: an environment that fosters comfort, honesty, and trust. The Pavilion sits near Duke’s iconic chapel, a subtle nod to the notion of library as inspirational space. Conversation and collaboration flow unhindered between the Pavilion and Perkins Library. Flexibility of time is integral to safe space, where formal and and informal meetings are neither limited or prolonged. This notion of flexible time takes the well-known “third place” concept a step further by extending and encouraging the utilitarian aspects of the space as a working environment. The lack of hierarchy in safe space offers an opportunity for a balanced dialogue, free of the constraints of traditional offices.

- Tom Kearns


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