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Real estate consulting firm CBRE conducted analysis on emergent and growing workplace trends, with the findings featured in its whitepaper “Fast Forward 2030: The Future of Work and the Workplace.” The study uses the innovations of four major enterprises – Microsoft, Google, Credit Suisse, and Unilever – as bellwethers of changes in work environments that it expects to gain traction throughout the next decade and a half.
The report broadly assesses businesses, covering topics ranging from the rise of artificial intelligence to the increasing prevalence of Chief of Work positions. Specifically to our purposes, it also looks at how office design is evolving.
How office space is changing through 2030As research by tech industry analyst IDC reveals, we have now entered a new era of information technology, the so-called third platform – including cloud computing, social networking, big data analytics, and mobile. For a large portion of the “bring your own device” (BYOD) enterprise crowd, as well as many entrepreneurs and small businesses, the desk is no longer as essential, so office space can become more diverse.
“Partly in the interest of face-to-face collaboration,” reports Anne Fisher of Fortune, “companies in CBRE’s study are thinking up ways to make workspaces healthier, more comfortable, and more fun.”
Fisher gives an example related to one critical component of office interior design: lighting. Companies will be trading out fluorescent bulbs for LED ones that automatically and gradually transition to simulate the intensification and decline of sunlight as the hours go by.
Organizations are also increasingly adopting office design strategies that turn the facility into more of a campus. That trend is embodied by Chiswick Park in the United Kingdom, Fisher suggests, which incorporates the office into shared spaces such as cafés and decompression zones such as gyms.
Particularly powerful spacesPeter Andrew, the regional head of workplace planning in Asia for CBRE, notes that many institutions worldwide are beginning to give their unused office space to musicians and visual artists – building creativity holistically into the environment.
Of all the extracurricular possibilities that companies can intertwine with their office interior design, art is the most powerful one, says Genesis COO Martin Chen. “Making a more interesting environment,” Chen argues, “where you bring more of the broader culture into the space, creates a buzz and an energy that you really can’t replicate in any other way.”
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