Spaces once considered transitional—hallways, lobbies, atriums—are ideal for mentoring, study or socializing. A long workbench can anchor a large space, and when equipped with access to data/power, the bench becomes a magnet for students who want to charge a device, complete homework before class or huddle with their project team. As an alternative, extended lounge seating yields a different dynamic, but still acts as a natural place to gather. Juxtaposed high-back lounge seating offers a cocoon for one or two. Ideally, a variety of furniture provides a range of choices, postures and degrees of privacy, while preserving pathways that maintain free circulation throughout the space.