There’s a powerful invisible element that makes or breaks pleasant collaborations at work: the soundscape. The printing noise, the hustle and bustle, how voices carry – there’s an astonishing number of factors that professionals orchestrate to create enjoyable work environments. Swiss Re Next’s interior architects have a special challenge indeed – open workspaces. Luckily, this is precisely their area of expertise. They mix, master and adjust sound volumes in expansive spaces by adjusting spatial relationships and sourcing furniture, textiles and surface material that result in a pleasant, productive soundscape carefully staged to stimulate – not distract.