The workplace of the future is defined by choice not location

22nd March 2021

Office design is inexorably linked with changing societal values, and big events such as Covid-19 can shake up the status quo and make this abundantly clear, writes Helen Berresford for Property Week.

A knee-jerk response to the current situation has led to some calling the office obsolete, but while some may be declaring the office dead from their generous home offices, others are currently working from their kitchen table, balancing their spaces with roommates or children.

The office remains a vital source for workplace culture, socialising, sharing ideas and learning from one another. Beyond facilitating the convergence of hospitality and leisure into our workplaces to allow for these interactions, the office helps accommodate a full spectrum of worker needs.

The reality is that the office as we know it today has emerged in response to reductive, siloed principles that dominated design over the last century. While the ‘home office’ may in a way represent the ultimate ‘live, work, play’ convergence, simply deeming work from home a one-size-fits-all solution ignores the fact that comfortable working from home is not accessible to all. The office is not dead – although it is changing — and to gain a better understanding of what the future of office design might look like post-pandemic, it must first be understood as an evolution.

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Helen Berresford RIBA

Partner, Head of ID:SR