Now the city's residents and visitors can bring their office work to Fredriksdal museums and gardens. In the spring of 2020, the business launched outdoor conferences. On August 1, 2022, the next step was taken – the launch of the Outdoor Office.
With a combination of functional outdoor workplaces and a safe and inspiring environment, more Helsinki residents and visitors should be given the conditions to do their office work outdoors. The idea is that employees from business, universities, the public sector and the self-employed should be able to take advantage of the opportunity to work from Fredriksdal.
Through the investment, Helsingborg gets a completely new type of office landscape where people can meet, recharge their batteries, plan and focus. The outdoor workplaces at Fredriksdal mean that an existing green resource in the city is used in a new way for the benefit of the residents' health and quality of life.
Health, quality of life and sustainable working life. A broad research highlights the benefits of staying outdoors in greenery. It lowers our stress levels, provides energy and promotes cognitive abilities such as creativity and collaboration. At the same time, we see that many adults spend 80-90 % of their time indoors, and that problems such as sedentary, stress and burnout increase in society. Therefore, smart solutions are needed that give the residents the conditions for a healthier working life.
Flexible working life. In the wake of the pandemic, the view of where and how office work takes place has changed. Many demand greater flexibility in working life, with the opportunity to work from home or from satellites closer to home. We see a future scenario where outdoor offices have a given place as one of several satellite offices next to the home office and the workplace office. The sustainable workplace of the future is a hybrid of outside and inside.
Added value! Through the Friluftskontoret, a completely new entrance to the cultural and natural heritage found in Fredriksdal is created. The investment makes it possible for the outdoor museum to become relevant to more people and function as a completely new type of meeting place in Helsingborg. Here, people from business, public sector and universities can work side by side beyond hierarchies and organizational boundaries.
The idea of an outdoor office was tested in Fredriksdal during the autumn of 2021. Helsingborgers had the opportunity to test work on two prototypes for outdoor desks thanks to a collaboration with the design studio Superlab and the outdoor furniture company Nola. The test has provided valuable input for an implementation of outdoor workplaces in Fredriksdal. It has also shown that there is interest among Helsingborgers to work from the open-air museum.
On 1 August 2022, the Friluftskontoret opened in Fredriksdal. Two new WiFi points have arrived and wireless kits with routers and power banks have been purchased to give flexibility to those who want to choose a location in Fredriksdal for their outdoor office work.
In order to meet the different needs and preferences of the users and to create room for flexibility, the business has invested in a diversified solution with mobile and stationary outdoor offices. The current range consists of five different types of outdoor offices – folding chairs with table tops, laptop stands, outdoor desks, rotatable outdoor chairs with table tops, and tree-mounted workspaces.
The Outdoor Office offers season subscriptions for businesses such as companies, municipalities, authorities, universities and self-employed people. Drop-in passes are also sold in Fredriksdal's main entrance.
Fredriksdal's investment in outdoor offices can be scaled up successively (with more outdoor workplaces, increased comfort, expanded infrastructure and peripheral services) as demand increases. The concept is also feasible at other green visitor destinations.