If you think your workplace won't change much in the next five years, think again. Winners of the "Tomorrow's Workplace" design competition from Staples Business Advantage and Metropolis magazine forecast that in 2021, the workplace may include inflatable pods set up in urban parks, or young professionals working alongside active retirees in a setting that resembles a small town more than an office building. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161118005146/en/
The winning submission from a team at Ethelind Coblin Architect in New York City illustrates its Co-Gen Flex concept meant to connect young entrepreneurial professionals and active retirees. (Photo: Business Wire)
Architects, designers, and students from around the world submitted entries predicting how the workplace will evolve in the next five years. The contest is hosted by Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., and Metropolis, the magazine of architecture and design at all scales. "The massive corporate office tower, usually a glass box with central air pumped in, is turning into the dinosaur from the 20th century," said Susan S. Szenasy, publisher and editor in chief, Metropolis. "Workplaces will become more multi-generational and multi-functional, fostering communities in the process. With the many changes in how and where we work, one thing is sure—today's office is not your father's or mother's office." Winning DesignsStaples Business Advantage awarded $7,500 to the winning team, Matthias Neumann, Louis Lipson, Eric Cohen, Nikola Gradinski, Ethelind Coblin and Jennifer Judge, from Ethelind Coblin Architect in New York City. Their Co-Gen Flex concept connects two often separate generations: young entrepreneurial professionals and active retirees. The flexible workspaces are equipped with state-of-the-art technology including 3-D printing, as well as a café, daycare facility, and courtyard. "We are honored to accept this award, and we are pleased to have our submission contribute to a wider discussion on how design may react to and influence the work environment of tomorrow," said Matthias Neumann from the winning team of Ethelind Coblin Architect. "Our proposed co-generational workspace hinges on the belief that a multi-generational environment can facilitate a social experience that is conducive to realizing the increasing desire for work-life balance."