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Why Office Design Is Changing So Fast

The career patterns of those fresh-faced office recruits who might stay with the company for a couple of years – maybe – is one of the newest challenges for workplace designers. “We’re needing to create spaces that will accommodate technologies that we don’t even know about now,” said Ms Pozo, the director of global giant MVRDV’s Shanghai office. The woody, daylight and plant-filled offices so celebrated as being about a comfortable domestic-style ambience, said Ms Pozo, “Are already old news. That’s the absolute minimum an office requires”. Space Encounters didn’t like black, cheap, generic office chairs so decided instead that “Grey goes with everything and looks good in all offices which should be about the architecture, not the furniture”. Ambling residents up to hang out on a balcony, but allows them to come inside to a library-like office space they can use. With offices on the bottom layers and the three towers being formed of radically fractured strata that look a lot like stacked rock shelves, the design not only has massive amounts of greenery on exterior terraces, but canyon-like chasms between. According to long-range research by University of Sydney’s Building Occupants Survey System Australia that considers design and office atmospherics, is visual comfort, personal control, comfortable furnishing, private pods in which to make phone calls, collaboration spaces, and break-out spaces for time out “Or to be social”, says Christine Candido.

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