The future of workplaces – what’s going to happen next?
Steve Coster, Head of Knowledge and Sustainability at HASSELL, was one of the presenters at the Workplaces of the Future Summit hosted this week in Melbourne by the Green Building Council of Australia. He spoke about where the current changes in technology, workplace behaviours and the uptake of free-range working (or activity-based working) are leading workplace design – what’s in store next?
"We're now reaching a point where organisations can become so flexible - so dynamic - that their internal structures become more fluid and their borders become less fixed," said Steve. The uptake of flexible working, teleworking and co-working means that the office takes on many forms and is a series of nodes in a network of places across the city, rather than a ‘container’ for an organisation. These issues make design more critical than ever in creating places that people want to use to work effectively – especially for working that requires bringing people together.
Learning environments, student hubs, libraries and co-working spaces are now more relevant reference points for leading workplace design than traditional workplaces. One workplace that demonstrates these drivers is Hub Melbourne – a co-working community that blurs the traditional organisational boundaries to foster innovation through collaboration. Hub Melbourne provides a shared workplace for a range of diverse, independent member organisations who want to come together for the opportunities, skills and resources, and referrals that exist among the member community.
"Co-working is an emerging phenomenon that raises new issues and opportunities for organisations - issues that are also present for traditional workplaces but are taken to the next level in co-working settings. It is a window into a way of working that is likely to be more mainstream in future. One key issue is the importance of creating an authentic and meaningful environment where people gather because they want to - not because they have to," said Steve in his presentation at the Summit.
Other key aspects of co-working communities that are relevant to workplaces of the future include much greater intensity of usage and diversity of workspaces – more extreme choices of settings for different activities, and more immediately adjacent activities. Also critical is the degree of self-organisation – the ability for the users to move and reconfigure the space at the speed of their dynamic business. Of course. the integration of fundamental wireless technology networks and special pieces of high-specification technologies for members to share gives them access to possibilities they wouldn't otherwise have.
Steve and Hub Melbourne also featured in Australian business publication BRW this week as part of an article on collaborative work spaces, which looked at the death of the permanent desk and the more frugal use of space within offices.
Read the full article in BRW here
—Read more articles for January 2013
Medibank HQ: rich embodiment of workplace wellbeing
On Office magazine reports on how HASSELL created health insurer Medibank's new headquarters in Melbourne, Australia to reflect their ideas about workplace wellbeing
New 32-storey tower at 60 Martin Place, Sydney
A new $750 million 32-storey tower, designed by HASSELL, will rise from within the existing footprint of the building in Sydney, Australia
Many ways to revitalise Canberra's city spaces
David Tickle, sector leader for Urban Design at HASSELL, talks about the many ways in which Canberra's city spaces can be revitalised
Creating a world class event venue for Sydney
HASSELL + Populous design the project Sydney needs to attract massive world events, as reported by Channel Ten News in Australia
10 beautiful Australian libraries
Murray Bridge Library in Adelaide, designed by HASSELL, named one of the 10 beautiful Australian libraries by the Guardian
Profile: Rob Backhouse
Rob Backhouse, Managing Director of HASSELL, talks to FX magazine about integrated design teams, creative collision and the practice's lack of a house style
Point King Residence on Vogue Living
This Mornington Peninsula house was designed to maximise both entertaining and privacy, and minimise its visual impact on the environment
Felicity Roocke - creating desirable destinations
Senior Associate Felicity Roocke speaks about her design motivations and creating desirable hospitality destinations
Palm Island on World Landscape Architecture
Palm Island in Chongqing, China features on World Landscape Architecture
Spotlight on Cassandra Chilton
HASSELL Senior Associate Cassandra Chilton was profiled in the AILA Victoria winter newsletter
ANZ Centre in Melbourne's Docklands, designed by HASSELL and Lend Lease design, applies contemporary thinking in workplace design and leadership in sustainability to reflect the client's focus on engagement and productivity while responding to the site's unique location.ANZ CentreRead more
Joint venture partners HASSELL + Populous are delivering the architectural design for Sydney's new integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct at Darling Harbour as design consultants to the Darling Harbour Live consortium (comprising Lend Lease, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless)Darling Harbour LiveRead more
The Global Change Institute is a $32 million building designed by HASSELL which meets the world's most advanced levels of sustainability. The building demonstrates sustainable technological research and pilots innovative sustainable building solutions. The building has been designed to work with the natural environment and will operate as a zero-energy and carbon neutral workplace.University of Queensland Global Change InstituteRead more