In September 2013, U.S. commercial real estate firm Vornado/Charles E. Smith challenged architects with creating offices of the future—with no design restraints whatsoever.
The only direction was to create the office of the future that could be used today—and to keep it within a reasonable budget.
The six firms—FOX Architects, OTJ Architects, Perkins + Will, RTKL, SmithGroup JJR, and VOA—along with HITT Contractors and GHT Limited—have used the last six months to design, innovate, and build suites of tomorrow, making them ready for today’s companies.
The results were revealed under the name DesignLab last month.
The six workspaces are connected by a high-sensory community core—conceived and designed by Gensler—bringing people together to linger and collaborate.
Honestly, we were a bit disappointed with the results after we had seen the brief. But then again, the spaces had to be ready for today’s use, so no wonder they look somewhat like any other ‘Cool office‘.