In a previous article, we declared that the work-life balance is a thing of the past and that businesses will soon have to adjust to the work-flex requirements of Generation Y. This doesn’t mean, of course, that balancing one’s work and leisure hours will become any less important. On the contrary, the work-life balance will continue to be a significant issue for employees and companies alike. It is simply the case that clear boundaries between one’s professional and private life are no longer particularly realistic in the digital age.
Offices of the future will also adapt to these new circumstances; in fact, there are already a number of workplaces that have long ceased to resemble the traditional office of the past and instead look more like private living rooms or spa retreats. For digital nomads, coworking spaces have sprung up in metropolises across the globe, while those working from home can make the most of garden offices – spots that could hardly be more practical or appealing. We especially like these office trends of the future:
Coworking spaces are communal offices rented predominantly by freelancers, start-ups and creative types. Such venues for temporary coworking can now be found in virtually all the big cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; Berlin, for example, even has a few hundred.
The KantoorKaravaan project hails from the Netherlands, and offers office and conference rooms in attractive natural settings. It hires out office space either outdoors and/or in renovated caravans. But it’s not just nature-loving freelancers who can book a workspace with KantoorKaravaan; companies too can rent KantoorKaravaan for workshops, seminars or work weeks.
Another popular trend is the home office. To date, the home office model hasn’t been able to gain much of a foothold in Europe. Some firms, mainly American, such as Microsoft, have introduced flexi-time in Germany for working at the office.Betahaus in Berlin
Hubud in Ubud, Bali
Green House in London
Office Club in Berlin
Surfoffice in Spanien und Portugal
On the one hand, office times and a fixed workspace have become obsolete in the digital age, but then again offices are also becoming ever more attractive. The most spectacular offices in the world are sumptuously designed and tempting enough for employees to spend a fair bit of time inside them. Even taking a little nap here and there no longer presents an issue thanks to designer office products. The swing table by Duffy London, for example, makes any meeting a more relaxed affair.
Environmentally-friendly Waldorf offices
Rounded corners and environmentally-friendly architecture doesn’t just mark out the Waldorf school architectural style. The following designers have also designed ecological workspaces: The Archipo von Podzook:
Modular House von Biggs Group Architecture:
We can’t really confirm whether or not many examples of this next trend have actually been implemented yet, but we would certainly like to see more of them in the future: garden offices. In England the best garden offices around are created by the company Green Studios. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KF3wea0swRY This little summer house would also serve as the perfect outdoor workspace! Possibly its best feature is that it can be rotated to make the most of the sunshine. Garden offices are now incredibly popular in England. Find out more on the website Shedworking and in the book with the same name.