Touch Technology in Architecture: Designing Spaces that Exceed User Expectations

Touch Technology in Architecture: Designing Spaces that Exceed User Expectations

Written by i3-Technologies
Tuesday, May 7, 2024

In the world of architecture, rapid evolution is the new norm, fueled by recent technological advancements and a shift towards hybrid or remote environments. As these trends accelerate, user expectations also rise—they want to accomplish more because they know more is possible.

Architects who anticipate the future and design with an understanding of these demands will create spaces that resonate on a deeper level. Just as an impeccably tailored outfit leaves a lasting impression, perfectly designed spaces linger in the mind long after they are experienced. Failure to deliver and the memory of disappointment can overshadow everything else. 

The stakes are high, and the goal is clear: deliver seamless experiences that are as unforgettable as they are intuitive.

Touch technology: a new must in the architect’s approach 

Touch technology is no longer a futuristic idea. From the outset of the design process, integrating touchscreens ensures that every space not only meets but surpasses the demands of digital interaction and collaboration.

Early adoption allows architects to innovate boldly, transforming mundane interactions into dynamic engagements and making spaces more functional, sustainable, and aligned with modern aesthetics. From there, touchscreens will power efficient workflows and foster a culture of collaboration that can turn any meeting room, classroom, or public space into a hub of innovation.

Looking ahead, the promise of interactive screens includes enhanced collaboration, better visual support, multifunctional use, and greater flexibility—qualities that can revolutionize how we use and perceive spaces.

A touch-enabled space for every location 

Touchscreens integrate seamlessly into a variety of architectural spaces, enhancing functionality and user experience:

Waiting rooms: provide real-time updates and news, keep visitors engaged and informed; offer interactive directories and showcase services dynamically.

Waiting rooms

Meeting rooms: enhance collaboration with features like whiteboarding, annotation, wireless presenting, and Bring-Your-Own meeting via Microsoft Teams or Zoom Rooms with built-in cameras and sound.

Meeting rooms

Classrooms: leverage interactive whiteboards that make lessons engaging and integrate digital content fluidly; enable collaborative group projects with capabilities for simultaneous inputs and participation.

Classrooms

Company reception areas: offer touch-enabled check-in systems, facility directories, company information, and more to expedite visitor registration, offer guidance, and enhance first impressions.

Company reception areas

Event sites: facilitate interactive agendas and sitemaps, equip speaker podiums or breakout rooms with touchscreens to allow easy navigation, management, and sharing of multimedia, brainstorming session materials, and audience interaction.

Event sites

Retail spaces: enable self-service ordering and provide detailed product information, enhance customer independence, experiment with virtual try-on and customization features via touch displays and create interactive shopping experiences.

Retail spaces

And more!

How Zeeman transforms their global workplace with touch tech 

Zeeman, a well-known name in the Netherlands, is a European retailer with approximately 1300 stores in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, France, and Spain. Virtual meetings and digital collaboration are essential with about 10,000 colleagues across different countries and time zones. While undergoing an office transformation, Zeeman upgraded their meeting room technology to make it easier for colleagues to connect, collaborate, and engage.

When Zeeman HQ decided to renovate their building, the Facility Manager at Zeeman opted for a streamlined solution. Together with Ricoh and Ruitech, Zeeman equipped their meeting rooms with the i3TOUCH and a Poly X50 camera.

We explored different options to have a dedicated computer and cable in the room, but that would mean that every room would be differently outfitted. We wanted one option, one single solution. With an i3TOUCH, we didn't have to use cables, we can do it through Wi-Fi, and it works amazing for us.
Pieter Planqué Facility Manager at Zeeman

Let’s set the new standard in architecture 

Touch technology is a powerful tool for architects to craft innovative, functional, and beautiful spaces. The integration of this technology is not just about keeping pace with current trends but about setting the stage for future innovations. 

With each project, architects can leverage touch technology to create more engaging, efficient, and sustainable environments. Let’s not just meet the standard; let’s set new ones. 

Interested? Come chat with us at AIA2024!

Let’s catch up at the AIA Conference on Architecture & Design to explore how touchscreen technology can transform your projects and push the boundaries of what’s possible in architecture. 

Book your demo below and see you there!


i3-Technologies
i3-Technologies

i3-Technologies is one of the world´s leading manufacturers of interactive technologies for group collaboration and education. We ensure you can leverage your existing technology by building solutions that work in the way your teams want to work. Our innovative solutions bridge digital and analog environments, giving you technology that's easy to use and integrate into your existing infrastructure. We aspire to create environments where our interactive and integrated solutions inspire human interactions.