Ways to rethink the people and place
Right now, creative solutions will be required to reconfigure space. As we recently explored with MIT, safe and healthy buildings become table stakes. Quick and inexpensive design hacks – like quiet floors and larger collaboration zones – will allow offices to re-form to meet new requirements without the big capex budgets that most can’t afford.
As commuters are clearly a key pain point, hub and spoke models are also part of the consideration – although this tends to divide the (virtual) room. Spokes in a geographically distributed network could provide the benefits of the office without the headache of the commute. Or it could further splinter people and over-complicate office strategies.
New office developments, designed in response to the rapidly evolving needs of hybrid workers, will have obvious appeal. Expect design to evolve in response to our great realisation: that companies don’t want offices, they want productive workforces.
We are poised on the edge of a new era as we ponder what this means consider three things: