A work design element, a magnet center is used to draw co-workers together for the purpose of facilitating informal interaction. These spaces, according to studies, are ideal as it allows more people to have engage in conversation and so build more inherent trust, which then leads to enhanced true collaboration. Magnet centers can be a draw to employees because of their location by a view or at an intersection of traffic patterns. At times they are intentionally placed between 2 groups who are adjacent but do not interact as much as hoped for (think Engineering and Purchasing).
An area can also be a magnet center because there are food or refreshments placed there. OR it exists simply because it’s just a cool space.