Work Scape, New Spaces for New Work
By S. Borges, S. Ehmann, R. Klanten (Editors)
By Christopher William Reeves
Mundane, boring and uninspiraational are not words associated with this collection of new age office designs. Work Scape, New Spaces for New Work is an intriguing insight into the current flock of designers, architects, companies and organizations who are reevaluating the relationship we have with our place of work.
For many the office represents a place where the majority of life's waking hours are spent; a home away from home, a refuge, an escape, a place of tranquility. Ok, maybe that's going a little far, but nonetheless the office is place where we dedicate a fair chunk of our lives working, interacting, creating and communicating with others. The time spent designing and decorating our own homes can be somewhat un-proportional to the actual time spent there.
Think, all those weekends and hours spent knocking down walls,
up and down ladders fixing shelves, moving cupboards from room to
room and back again, pacing through IKEA picking the right lamp
shades, arguing with the wife about open plan this and open plan
that, it's exhausting, yet rewarding when the finished product
creates an environment you can call home, an environment to do what
you do best at home…sleep! So who is putting equal thought and
effort into creating the best workplace environment to facilitate
your skills and creativity? The answer, all the clever and
inspiring designers and architects featured in this book of
Gestalten have composed a fascinating array of all the key
projects and companies fueling a workplace design revolution. From
the outrageous and quirky to the pragmatic and logical, Work
Scape illustrates the importance of workplace design as the
borders of our professional and personal lives are increasingly
merged. From the changing context of employer and staff relations,
the 46 office designs illustrated through stunning images, floor
plans and detailed project descriptions, portray the current trail
blazers in creating spaces that facilitate staff productivity. From
the CEO to the Intern, every inch of space in every example has
been carefully curated to accommodate the diverse work preferences
of staff into a shared and professional environment.
The book begins with a highly informative introduction of the history and dynamics of office design. Easy to read yet engaging and personal, the reader is bought to an understanding of why the majority of offices are formed as they are and why new innovative design is necessary in today's more service orientated economies. The same goes for the project descriptions, informative yet brief, enough detail is mentioned about the concepts, architects, designers and client motivations to leave the reader informed yet curious to see what the next page holds.
Covering some of the biggest and most prominent companies in the
world, one is intrigued to see the designs of global headquarters
that are rarely seen by non-employees. Images contain blurred
staff, moving in their various surroundings, bringing a welcome
fluidity to what could have been a static interior design
catalogue. In addition, detailed floor plans cater for the more
practical minded, inspiration for both young design or architect
students and professionals alike.
Gestalten (September 13, 2013)
Last updated: December 20, 2013
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