The Opsroom or Operations Room was the physical presence and meeting point of the different laboratory experiments carried out in Chile.
In his book “The Brain and the Firm” (First Edition), Stafford Beer had identified and explained the need to build an operations room, which would be the place that would receive and store the information sent by the companies and would be available for making decisions.
It was designed in accordance with Gestalt principles, in order to give users a platform that would give them a chance to absorb information in a simple and comprehensive way. It was designed by INTEC (Chilean Institute of Technological Reasearch), under the general coordination of the engineer Roberto Cañete.
Gui Bonsiepe was in charge of the design team, Bonsiepe was an engineer who had been working in Chile since 1968 after having been one of the most important lecturers and creator of the Hoschule for Gestaltung University in ULM in Germany, one of the establishments that went on with the work of the Bauhaus school after its disappearance. The team of industrial designers included Rodrigo Walker, Guillermo Capdevila, Alfonso Gómez, Guillermo Cintolesi, Fernando Schultz, Michelle Weis, Wolfgang Eberhagen (Germany), Werner Zemp (Switzerland). The graphic design team in charge of preparing on screen images consisted of Pepa Foncea, Lucía Wormald, Eddy Carmona and Jessie Cintolessi.
The room was hexagonal, an organic shape that permitted the correct layout of the elements. It had 7 swivel chairs, built in Linares, a screen called Futuro, a VSM (Viable Systems Module) graph, exception reports in real time and a Data Feed. The right hand arm of the chair had an interactive control device, which had a set of buttons (geometric objects), the combination of which activated projection orders on the screen according to the requirements of the users, thus optimising internal and external communications.