In the wake of the large-scale Smart Working trial runs and the shift to digital, how will workspaces evolve? The architects, designers and companies who design these spaces are quite clear: the keywords will be flexibility and relations. “Offices” (if that’s what they’re still called) will become increasingly multitasking and versatile areas serving various purposes simultaneously, with people be (re)placed at the centre. They will be flexible, permeable and dynamic spaces, geared to sharing and crossover with other everyday activities.
There are already many cases of company headquarters - Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Lavazza and Sky, to name but a few – which have eschewed drabness and fixity in favour of becoming stimulating, varied and creative areas that make the interface between office, home interiors and public spaces a must for boosting individual skills and improve business results.