I was struck and inspired by this article on the space of the Procore offices - The Startup That Designed Its Office to Confuse Workers:
It’s designed expressly to make workers get and feel lost, because, as neuroscience shows, disorientation keeps people alert and expecting the unexpected.
“Physical, tactile environments with different colors and lighting can affect how you feel throughout the day, by affecting your ability to pay attention and restoring energy,” says André Bellerjeau, a global practice leader at the architecture consulting group Little. He’s s describing the effects of an “enriched” environment, which uses surprising or changing spatial elements to activate, and thus engage, different parts of the brain and create new neural pathways. When parts of the brain must focus on new stimulus, blood flow increases, as does alertness. To do this, Bellerjeau says, it’s essential to “create opportunities for people to engage with their environments.”
Put in simpler terms: “The way we live life is very diverse … I have some of my best ideas in random places—the car, the shower—so we developed a space that is highly diverse,” Corbett says.
I can think of many ways to play around with this idea and prototype similar solutions in schools and classrooms - change lightbulbs, reconfigure desk arrangements (or get rid of desks altogether for a bit). Modular furniture/wall paneling are great to play around with space easily.