Today’s blog is an extract from Work Transformed by BDG architecture + design. The beautifully designed book, with stunning images and topical features from members of the team on the industry and modern-day landscape of architecture and design. This extract is by Toby Neilson.
The average person spends 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime – that’s the equivalent of 123 months or 10 years, which makes our work environment as crucial as any of the other spaces we inhabit, whether domestic, educational, public, urban or social.
The Ideal Office research project was a logical progression of trends we had identified in a number of one-off projects as a shift away from conventional office buildings with limited supporting services towards a more ‘all-encompassing’ environment with facilities and programmes to cover all aspects of daily life, from exercise and wellbeing to catering, laundry and childcare services.
This shift is a further blurring of the public and private lives of the general population, which began with the advent of mobile phones in the 1980s. It has progressed through the digital age via social media, phone apps for domestic chores, online dating, Airbnb and more.
The workplace, previously a private and formal environment, is being eroded and in many organisations workers are given the option of how, where and when they work. This evolved form of flexible working allows opportunities for a more open building programme. Our hypothesis for this part of the project, and the subject of our continued study and analysis, is as follows:
“The traditionally private office environment is becoming more akin to the public realm in large city centres – coffee shops, hairdressers, gyms and bars are now commonplace in large commercial buildings – in a time of public spending cuts and stagnating wages these resources could be benefit to the general population.” Or – “how can private commercial building benefit the urban population?”
Work Transformed is available now.
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