Office spaces that attract tenants today and want to draw them in 10 years must have at least three qualities, estimates six great international designers and gurus, interviewed by Spaces magazine: greener, social, and technology.
1.Social – this term will consider not only the reception spaces of office buildings – receptions and meeting rooms, as before, but also workspaces – their partitions, their flow, even the common and exterior areas of the building.
Because the new generation employees have work projects that require greater collaboration and more interactions than in the past, office space needs to reflect this trend. As a result, there will be networking spaces, in a relaxed, playful, and comfortable environment (with sofa furniture, hammock, sofa, and armchairs) both among the workstations, in the interior space of the building, but also in the more welcomingly arranged common spaces, in the indoor gardens of buildings and the growing reception areas, equipped with all necessary facilities: Wi-Fi, laptop sockets and telephone chargers, coffee areas.
Such social facilities for employees are already in several finalized office buildings that have already implemented the myhive system – such as Metroffice and S-Park, and office building projects under construction, such as Campus 6 and Expo Business Park.
In parallel with these social spaces (more open than the traditional ones, with even less intimacy), some companies require arranging isolated, small, individual spaces, for work only in certain moments of the daily activity. Where important calls can be made, or employees can meditate, etc. These spaces will be used in turn by employees.
2. Greener is a new concept that includes both the sustainable technical attributes of a green building (low energy consumption, healthy working environment, sufficient natural light, etc.), as well as components of communion with nature, of lifestyle.
This will be the primary trend in the next ten years, says architect Lord Norman Foster. He provided the solution for the Apple Campus 2 project in California, USA, considered to be the most innovative current office project. The term includes two concepts, in addition to the actual office space: an indoor garden or a roof garden, with natural plants and areas designed for relaxation and networking, with street furniture and a natural landscape that offers a good quality of life.
Examples in this regard are the green spaces and outdoor amphitheaters of office projects under construction. Projects as Apple Campus 2, from California, USA, but also the Romanian projects Campus 6 (with 7.000 sqm of green space in front of the buildings), Expo Business Park (with an outdoor amphitheater), The Bridge (with an indoor garden), Bucharest Business Garden (which will have a suspended garden) and AFI Tech Park, in Bucharest and Openville in Timisoara, according to an ESOP Consulting monitoring.
In the Openville project in Timisoara, for example, will be planted a total of over 20,000 shrubs and about 1,000 trees with heights of up to 12 meters, beeches, oaks, mulberry trees, plane trees, chestnuts, firs, lindens, hornbeams, ornamental plums, maples, magnolias and other species from Romania or imported from Italy, under the guidance of a group of Romanian and Italian landscapers.
3. Technology – the technological office spaces of the future have included numerous technical facilities that make life easier for employees.
Among the latest technological facilities in the field, are smartphone applications. Future employees will control their access to the building, the workspace, the supply of fresh air, temperature, the scheduling of meetings, or the dining room on the ground floor canteen. They will be able to order flowers, rent cars, or a car-sharing system, etc.
The first building in Romania that will enjoy this facility will be Campus 6.1, in Bucharest.
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