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When architects create the ‘office of the future’ with no restraints

1 DesignLab

In September 2013, U.S. commercial real estate firm Vornado/Charles E. Smith challenged architects with creating offices of the future—with no design restraints whatsoever.

The only direction was to create the office of the future that could be used today—and to keep it within a reasonable budget.

The six firms—FOX Architects, OTJ Architects, Perkins + Will, RTKL, SmithGroup JJR, and VOA—along with HITT Contractors and GHT Limited—have used the last six months to design, innovate, and build suites of tomorrow, making them ready for today’s companies.

The results were revealed under the name DesignLab last month.

The six workspaces are connected by a high-sensory community core—conceived and designed by Gensler—bringing people together to linger and collaborate.

2 B10ck by Fox Architects
B10ck by Fox Architects
3 B10ck by Fox Architects
B10ck by Fox Architects
4 Honeycomb Hive by OTJ
Honeycomb Hive by OTJ
5 Honeycomb Hive by OTJ
Honeycomb Hive by OTJ
6 Next Space by Perkins-Will
Next Space by Perkins+Will
7 Next Space by Perkins-Will
Next Space by Perkins+Will
8 RTKL
RTKL
9 RTKL
RTKL
10 Picture It by SmithGroupJJR
Picture It by SmithGroupJJR
11 Picture It by SmithGroupJJR
Picture It by SmithGroupJJR
12 WORK4TANK by VOA
WORK4TANK by VOA
13 WORK4TANK by VOA
WORK4TANK by VOA

Honestly, we were a bit disappointed with the results after we had seen the brief. But then again, the spaces had to be ready for today’s use, so no wonder they look somewhat like any other ‘Cool office‘.

More information on each individual space.

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daniel verlooven
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Are you sure that these pictures weren’t taken in the early nineties?Looks more like the Office of Yesterday.

Bastiaan Brouns
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We were also a bit disappointed but then again:
(1) It is a U.S: initiative and the trends differ from Europe. Some say the U.S. is only catching up with Europe
(2) At the core of all the designs is technology, which is not easily captured in pictures
(3) The brief said ‘to create the office of the future that could be used today’, which is contradictory at best

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