The future office, a place for working together. What can Co-Laborate take away from this concept?
We’re attending the Future Office 2016 convention in the BMW-Welt Munich to find out more about how architects are designing offices of the future and how collaboration and innovation is supported by room design.
Work and its surroundings are heavily influenced by digitalization, globalization, changes in demographics and mobility. Apparently, companies are facing the greatest set of changes since the industrial revolution.
Teams are going to cooperate online more often in the future. This trend has to be made possible and accessible through spatial, ambient and technical innovation. Companies can’t rely on their tried and proven ways anymore. The risk of competitors rushing ahead is too high.
What does an office of the future need, then? How do architects design the work space and justify its development?
- Offices are divided into zones depending on activity. Concentration, communication, creativity & exchange, as well as, community – everything will have its own place. Once employees start working from multiple locations, assigned desks can be reduced and the freed up space utilized for other types of areas. Our connection to Co-Laborate? Meeting design remains a question of exciting room design and the corresponding ambience.
- Work spaces have to offer a strong sense of collective identity, because companies are going to allow and organize more mobility in the future. The office is the heart of the firm. The blood and sweat moves on the outside. The office becomes a binding platform through identity forming room design. Our connection to Co-Laborate? Emotional brand environments strengthen the relation to common goals, even during collaboration events.
- More flexibility requires better project organization. As projects are tackled more frequently in mixed teams, even digitally, the projects themselves have to be even clearer and more concisely managed using state of the art project management software. Technical solutions play an even more pivotal role in the networked office of the future. Our connection to Co-Laborate? The technical aspect alone doesn’t lead to creative solutions. Participants have to be guided towards the common goal.
Creativity and innovation enter new grounds. Creating revolutionary ideas on the spot has never worked before. Architecturally, the rooms are designed to at least promote creative thinking. Colorful and untraditional, all of a sudden meetings are being conducted in beach chairs or entire floors are given the green thumb to create new atmospheres. Makes sense: Everyone is working in a fresh environment with new perspectives, breaking through the “same old, same old”.
Successful collaboration is dependent on the company culture, curiosity and the willingness to make mistakes and to grow from them.
Our connection to Co-Laborate? Everything has to fit together, if collaboration and participation are going to work at strategic events. They have to be embedded in a sustainable process so that the results are able to reach the daily routine at work.
Future Office 2016 conclusion:
To motivate, develop and drive colleagues and ideally form ground breaking ideas together is, of course, not an architectural feat, but a question of strategy and company culture. During the phase of creating a new consciousness towards mutual success at work, a new office approach would certainly lead to more openness. It’s interesting to see which concepts are being accepted by employees and which are being boycotted due to lack of participation.