With concepts that span the re-imagining of office furniture to managing employee health through temperature and light to maximizing multifunctional space, more than 200 architects and designers have helped answer the question: how will we work in 2020?
- Reclaiming urban space: Capitalizing on vacant building spaces in cities to provide workplaces for businesses, traveling workers and anyone in need of a productive work environment.
- Re-imagining office furniture: Rethinking the way furniture is designed to facilitate mobile, pop-up workstations with self-sufficient, self-powering capabilities and interactive technology interfaces.
- Employee-centric design: Creating all-encompassing workplace environments that consider comfort, sustainability and health of employees.
- Hyper-collaboration: Pushing workspace layouts beyond conventional collaborative models to focus on interdisciplinary, multi-company and multifunctional arrangements that take the co-working trend to the next level.
Features of the Vertical Flux office tower include:
- Radiant heating and cooling
- Solar-powered fiber optic ceiling that fluctuates in color and intensity
- Thermally active furniture with touch screen capabilities
- Multiple varieties of plant life local to each climactic zone in the building
“I was gratified to see how many firms, both young and mature, entered the competition and presented many excellent ideas about working in a tech society. The winner, of course, blew us all away, not only with his mature ideas but because of his youth—he is of the generation of architects that will, literally, give shape to the 21st century,” said Susan S. Szenasy, editor in chief, Metropolis Magazine. “He took a broad, systemic look at working and re-imagined the container of work itself, the whole building, from inside out. What's even more exciting about his proposal is that everything he suggests can be done today; we don't need to wait for 2020. The future is actually happening now!"About the Workplace of the Future Design Competition Business Interiors by Staples and Metropolis announced the Workplace of the Future Design Competition call for entries in May 2013, and the competition closed in early August 2013. Judging took place at the Metropolis offices in New York City on August 15, and the panel, moderated by Susan S. Szenasy, included the following industry experts, architects, and interior design professionals:
- Paul Makovsky, editorial director, Metropolis magazine
- John Michael, vice president and general manager, Business Interiors by Staples
- Nona Gross, workplace strategy and design specialist, Siemens Corporation
- Paul Darrah, director of corporate services, Bridgewater Associates
- Jonas Damon, creative director, Frog
- Tom Krizmanic, principal, Studios Architecture NYC