Every now and then we are invited to compete for a conceptual project that tickles our fancy. One that allows us to do some really big thinking, to partner with like-minded companies and industry experts to push the boundaries of design.
In 2014, we were asked to submit and present a proposal, and ultimately were chosen to lead one of these projects. Partnering with Paladino, WSP, Schuchart, and DCI Engineers, we spent several intense months untangling the concept of a ‘plug-and-play office building of the future.’ Our task was to predict the systems and technologies that would be required to create such a building.
Throughout the process, we considered current, near-future and far-future office needs. We identified the necessary components of an office building (above, slide one) and three office configurations that we used to ‘test’ our theories and guide our design development process. Additionally, we considered impact to three core issues: adaptability, innovation, and economics.
Ultimately, our ‘functional needs diagram’ led the way towards our thesis – a working hypothesis that we can test and amend on future projects.
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