Cisco by Studio O+A; photograph: Jasper Sanidad

Forging the Office Worlds of the Future

As a major focal point in the lives of an incredibly large number of people, the office is already constantly in their thoughts, but in the months before and after Orgatec, interest in all aspects of this work environment reaches even greater heights – and brands and producer companies experience an excited buzz as special attention is paid to every new idea. Our lead article is devoted to the office worlds of large internet companies. What do they look like, and how do people go about their work in environments where ideas are generated and decisions are taken that, in one way or another, could soon impact the lives of millions of users worldwide?

Contents in brief:

  • Agenda November–December 2014
  • Architonic Photo Tours: Cersaie 2014 and London 2014
  • Where the Future Happens: the Interiors of Internet Companies
  • Further Articles from Architonic’s ‘News & Trends’
  • Inspiring Search Results N° 34: Management chairs with headrest adjustable
  • Inspiring Spaces N° 26: Office Facilities
  • Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

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Pedrali at Orgatec

The global and always connected market has completely transformed the needs of workers. More and more workspaces are getting places of social meeting and interaction, not just working environments. Sleek and functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal too. At Orgatec 2014 Pedrali presented new products and ideas for workspaces and meeting areas through a space designed by Migliore+Servetto Architects that was set up as a sort of catalog on a three-dimensional scale.

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Agenda November–December 2014

Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice IT

7 June - 23 November 2014

BIO 50, Ljubljana SI

18 September - 7 December 2014

Downtown Design 2014, Dubai AE
28 - 31 October 2014

architect@work 2014, Berlin DE
5 - 6 November 2014

Blickfang 2014, Copenhagen DK
15 - 16 November 2014

architect@work 2014, Milan IT
19 - 20 November 2014

Blickfang 2014, Zurich CH
21 - 23 November 2014

architect@work 2014, Nantes FR
27 - 28 November 2014

Blickfang 2014, Hamburg DE
28 - 30 November 2014

IIdex Canada 2014, Toronto CA
3 - 4 December 2014

Design Miami 2014, Miami US
3 - 7 December 2014

The best light for offices

Zumtobel Global User Study on Lighting Quality Perceived in Offices

The aim of the Global User Study on Lighting Quality Perceived in Offices, initiated by Zumtobel in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute, was to find out how users perceive and evaluate their current lighting and visual situation in their working and office environments. The study shows both the office employees' preferences as well as the factors that enhance their well-being.

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Where the Future Happens – the Interiors of Internet Companies

In September, we saw the launch of the eagerly anticipated Apple Watch. Much has already been said about the potential impact of this device on the worlds of consumer electronics, fashion, well-being and productivity. It’s certainly a step forward when compared with other computers for your wrist already on the market, whatever your view of the design – or indeed of Apple. (Text by Alex Bradley)

Geremia Design for DropBox

Beneath the headlines, it was some of the more subtle digital service announcements associated with the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 that could in fact have the biggest impact on how we choose to live and work in the near future ... but more of that later. For now, our focus is on the environments in which our digital futures are being formed. California is home to Apple and a number of the most innovative digital service companies. In a bid to secure the best talent and build environments that foster creativity and drive business growth, the workspaces of these innovative internet companies are as interesting as the services they provide.

Dropbox’s rapid growth rate as a business was a big challenge for Geremia design, the team had to think about what Dropbox as a company would need in the future and keep a sense of flexibility in the design for the company to grow into

Flexible and future-focused

The rapid growth rate of internet-based start-ups means their offices need to cater not only to the ever-increasing sizes of their teams, but also to the agile ways in which they work. File-hosting service Dropbox was founded in 2007 and now has more than 175 million customers. The design team responsible for Instagram’s interior, Geremia Design, also designed Dropbox’s first office, a space they outgrew within two years. Geremia was called upon again to resolve the new 74,000-square-foot space in San Francisco. According to Geremia, ‘Dropbox’s rapid growth rate as a business was a big challenge for our design. We had to think about what Dropbox as a company would need in the future, and keep a sense of flexibility in the design for the company to grow into.’ 

Airbnb by Gensler and Interior Design Fair: The Airbnb office is a hollowed out warehouse that accommodates nearly 200 employees. The space has a massive three-floor ‘Gsky’ living green wall and replicas of actual homes listed on the airbnb website

Airbnb Headquarters in San Francisco

The Airbnb office by Gensler and Interior Design Fair is a hollowed-out warehouse that accommodates nearly 200 employees. The space is a massive three-floor ‘Gsky’ living green wall and a central collaborative lounge area for working. Scattered throughout the plan are replicas of actual homes listed on the Airbnb website – a community marketplace where people can list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world. This interior approach has created cosy boardrooms and kitchen-like cafeterias and, more importantly, gives employees the freedom to roam the workplace as if it were their home.

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Further articles from Architonic's 'News & Trends'

The CHANGE Table System by VARIO – As Soloist or Team Player, Always an Excellent Performer

CHANGE represents a new generation of adjustable-height office desks and conference tables whose development has emphasized exemplary functionality, versatility and, most notably, a focus on design.

STARON® – Inspired by Wildlife – Combines Biomorphic Forms with Material Innovation at 100% Design

A killer whale, an owl and an armadillo were among the creatures that inspired a collection of furniture and products presented by Samsung SDI Chemical at the recent London Design Festival to demonstrate the versatility of its STARON® solid-surface material. Architonic went along to discuss the new species of products enabled by these innovative surfaces.

Inspiring Search Results N° 34

Management chairs with headrest adjustable

Inspiring Spaces N° 26

Office facilities

Architecture and Design Projects on Architonic

FR-EE

Soumaya Museum
Mexico City | Mexico | Completed 2005-2011

PHILIPPE BESTENHEIDER design studio

Elitre
Switzerland | 2013
Photographer: ©Areadeclic

SYLVAIN WILLENZ DESIGN OFFICE

SHADOW
Belgium | 2014
Photographer: Julien Renault