The purpose of A Joyful Sense at Work is to breathe new life into the theory of office and workplace design by setting its sights squarely on people, in terms of their needs, emotions and experiences. This stunning installation was created especially for the biennial Workplace3.0 exhibition curated by the architect Cristiana Cutrona.
The workplace of the future will be adaptive, unfinished, vibrant and evolutionary, tailored to reality and capable of accommodating the comings and goings and needs of the workers and the way in which they use it. It will be smart, fast-paced, flexible, evolutionary and contemporary: human beings will be the key focus in a fast-changing environment. It will be happy, nourishing, fertile and sustainable – both environmentally and ethically, in terms of respect for people’s feelings, history, culture, diversity and rights.
The new spatial model of the workplace is adaptive, as in being adaptable to the creative possibility of managing unexpected and unforeseeable situations both in the long term and at a moment’s notice. The office shakes off its static image and enters the age of the theatre, of creativity, of imagination.
The focus will be on people. Technology and furnishings will move with and around people, meeting their needs the moment they arise. Technology will become cloud-based and mobile, space will be come fluid and self-regenerating, evolving and devolving. It will become devoid of fixtures (furniture, partitions, false ceilings and floors), and stripped of functional areas (Meeting rooms, business areas and private offices).
Within an area of around 1,600 m2, A Joyful Sense at Work showcases this new concept of the workplace by creating a piazza virtually split into three “areas” or “regions” according to purpose: the Concentration area, a closed-off region and private space for individual work; the Sharing area, a short-stay region, a public space for collaboration, socialising and sharing; the Creative area, a space for innovation, invention and imagination, which converge in a large central piazza; and Porous Fabric, a filter space, an intermediate area between public and private, a place for opportunities and exchange.
4 architectural practices of international renown and standing, chosen on the basis of geographic area of provenance, have been invited to design “an installation within an installation”: Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander/Studio O+A (USA), Arash Ahmadi/Ahmadi Studio (USA), Ben van Berkel/UNStudio and Jeff Povio/SCAPE (Holland) and Alfonso Femia & Gianluca Peluffo/Studio 5+1AA (Italy).