18 Aug Workspace Of The Future
Can you picture what your workplace might look like a decade from now? Will it resemble the multi-screen, robot-run, automated office from the Jetsons? Maybe a chic coworking space with an open floorplan? Perhaps the workspace of the future won’t look much like the current office at all. In anticipation of the potential demands, needs, and interests of the future workforce, commercial real estate developers are creating some uniquely ultramodern ideas for the next generation of office design.
The future of office design has seen many imaginative concepts throughout the years. At the “Tomorrow’s Workplace” competition, designers, architects, and developers were asked to create the workplace of the year 2021. That may seem like only a few short years into the future but the world has seen phones, cars, and houses completely transform in less time. With this inquiry in mind, the participants developed new office concepts that creatively addressed the needs of the future workforce. These concepts ranged from experimental, easily transported inflatable offices for the flexible, minimalist work culture to spaces that integrate young workers and retirees in an amenity-filled multigenerational work, live, and play community. These designers focused on capturing the look, feel, and culture of the future workforce and its reflection on modern design.
Technological advancements are another obvious evolution in the future of office design. Entire offices have been 3D printed for maximum efficiency and design flexibility, allowing for the creation of interior and exterior structures, as well as reducing construction costs. Office interiors can also be outfitted with tech features that enhance the space. Mobile work stations, treadmill desks, video conferencing software, and automation systems that allow the office environment to be controlled from an IPad are just a few of the advancements many offices are implementing to modernize the workspace.
The way we communicate, commute, and live all impact our relationship with the office. The advancement of new technology will also be an integral component of creating a functioning workspace. With these evolving needs at the forefront of development discourse, designers have been tasked with addressing how these factors will relate to the future of office design. Hopefully the evolution of the workspace will make heading into work a little easier for everyone.