Corporate companies are hoping to use the architecture of their offices to rediscover a certain innovative edge that traditionally comes more naturally in startup settings. Richard Evans, director of Impact Hub, first wanted to create workplaces that foster invention and innovation.
Evans admits this notion was the stuff of “freaks and weirdos,” when it was introduced in 2005. However, shifts in workstyles have changed that. A number of trends have made the locally run, locally owned work hub a viable option
With a rise in freelancing worldwide, it is possible that the offices of the future will have little resemblance to those of the past. As businesses add virtual meetings and remote employees to their daily plans, it is becoming clear that despite the dream of working in your pajamas, the basic need for human interaction has not gone away. Check out this video from HP Business that explains the concept and purpose of the company’s “office of the future” design.
The architecture and nature of the actual spaces are likely to evolve as well. As company cultures become more trust-based, offices themselves are becoming more open and less segmented, according to HPB. Some envision a future in which the only fixed element of a given office space is the walls, while other items like tables chairs and furniture can be recombined to suit any task, activity, or meeting.
With a futuristic design, these offices can host events, offer quiet places for focused work, and collaborative environments for new projects all with a few simple adjustments. The purpose of this is to foster innovation. HP Business isn’t the only company to turn to architecture as a way of staying nimble.
Enormous companies such as Microsoft, IBM, and Verizon sent employees to open office spaces in an effort to find new talent and rediscover the innovative mentality of a startup.
However, in the future, these benefits will have to be balanced with concerns of distractions and doubt about the frequency of collaboration. However, based on the trend towards flexible office spaces of a similar nature, the concept of an office as we know it will continue to evolve.