Office on Demand
The Future of WorkSTUDIO
Jono Sturt + Clement BlanchetADVISOR
Workspace design is evolving rapidly due to the nature of work. Spaces of work are changing more quickly than ever to accommodate advanced technology, the fast-changing short-term teamwork members, employee’s demands and well-being, and the accelerating pace of companies shifting their office locations to fit the growing population and better environment. Furthermore, based on Capital One’s latest annual Work Environment Survey in 2019, adaptability and flexibility are the two key elements that employees desire most in their office. But, what do adaptability and flexibility mean? Is this just about furniture rearrangement? Can it be extended into the architecture itself rather than confined to the interior realm? What is the merit of extending flexibility to architecture itself?
The status quo of workspace has been defined such that walls and floors are regarded as permanent while furniture is changeable within the workplace. Constructing new buildings takes time, given the structural and mechanical system needed. If the whole architecture can be flexible and changeable, this gives the potential for architecture to be nimble enough to support the fast-paced trend. In that sense, this thesis proposal is to create a system for producing 3D printing modules with high autonomy to conform to an individual’s demand and comfort from the skeleton as walls and floors, mechanical equipment to furniture serve as a whole unit. Dynamic configurations and arrangements with these units can generate different types of workspace programs that fit into the generic structural system following the international metrics and requirements. Moreover, these modules which serve multiple purposes are movable, changeable, recyclable and also can be reused and reassembled after in addition to providing a great degree of not only adaptability and flexibility but also sustainability that can be expanding, changing and lessening easily, both efficiently and economically in the future.