MUNICH, Germany -- Steelcase announced the opening of its newest Learning + Innovation Center, part of a multi-year effort to bring together employees and propel global growth. The new learning center is the latest extension of the company’s global network, part of a geographically distributed approach to innovation.

As organizations recognize the importance of face-to-face interactions and move their operations back to centrally located business hubs, Steelcase designed this 45,000 square foot space to promote learning and spark innovation within its own organization, and to give customers a first-hand look at how space can impact work.

To remain competitive and effectively innovate, organizations must become more agile and accelerate the flow of information and cycles of learning to take risks and make better, faster decisions, Steelcase reported. The new design center is based on this principle, that rapid learning, creative work and agile teams are the building blocks of innovation, and the physical workplace can promote and nurture these kinds of activities.  

The center brings together over 230 employees representing 25 different nationalities from groups previously dispersed throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). This European opening follows the successful Learning + Innovation Center in Grand Rapids, which serves as a hub for North American employees, customers and guests to explore how creative and innovative thinking can be nurtured and supported by physical space and technologies.  

The three-building campus was designed by a diverse, international team of experts including Henn Architects, Munich; Patrick Jouin and Manku Design, Paris; and the Steelcase Design Team.

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