Hybrid Nodes: New Office Typology of the 21st Century

Will Deutsch

The Future of Work


Jono Sturt + Clement Blanchet


Architectural typologies are a key component in how urban, suburban, and rural landscapes develop and define their built environment. The examination of the corporate campus, high rise towers, and Haussmann systems are the framework for new typological prototypes for micro-urban conditions. The corporate campus, after its development in the United States, was a critical driver in promoting suburban sprawl, segregation, and single use zoning. The high rise tower was the prototype of modernist zoned central business districts in the United States, and eventually in countless other urban areas. The Haussmann typology developed a diverse mixity of program and services evenly distributed in Paris, with the flexibility to accommodate urban conditions of varying size and shape. All three of these typologies offer lessons to be learned regarding their limitations, but also can provide insight into aspects of their design that can lend themselves to the creation of dense micro-urban conditions in a variety of locations.

Hybrid Nodes proposes a deployment and mixity of these three typologies with two main objectives. The first, to create denser business zones in the historical context of Paris’s Haussmann blocks. These nodes develop a network of poly-centricity within the city, and encourage larger corporations to come back to the urban context. Second, to develop a network of dense nodes in the suburban context of Saclay in an effort to increase dense development, provide connectivity between disjointed programs, and encourage a sharing of space and amenities between various occupants. Both of these contexts use hybrid nodes as a new typology to re-image and redefine how new modes of working today can integrate and enhance the existing urban fabric.