October 30, 2020
The open plan office has held sway over the past few decades, reaching its zenith with the recent proliferation of co-working spaces, where nomadic workers are crammed around hot desks, their lack of privacy scantly compensated by ping-pong tables and free craft beers in funky break-out areas. Now that the COVID crisis has demonstrated the feasibility of working from home and sent the office sector into crisis, designers are scrambling to rethink the workplace of the future. The new Mexico City office of Broissin architects offers some clues on what this might look like.
Businesses like Broissin are realising that the office of the future will not be a place where workers congregate daily, but a space for colleagues to work on collaborative projects and to maintain social contact. Therefore out goes the banks of bench-style desks and in comes bookable meeting rooms for teams to work in their own bubbles.
The meeting rooms in Broissins's new office accommodate no more than 8 people and are very well ventilated. Each room comes with its unique style and design, many with state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities. The number of hot desks has been vastly reduced and are now generously spaced out. There is a profusion of green plants, which help to create subtle social distancing barriers as well as improving the air quality.
Other eye-catching features include a ball-shaped suspended lounging area, a futuristic VR room and, of course, the obligatory nap cabanas and cafe bar. Afterall, in order to entice workers to leave the comfort of home and brave the commute to the office, the most effective tools are great design and good coffee.
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