Offices have been changing from the traditional closed doors and cubicles to open spaces that spur creativity. New York-based firm Juhyunkim Architecture PC has envisioned the future workspace to be in a park.
"To transform the workplace into more public and social space, we believe the park provides the perfect clues," the designers said in their submission to Space Forward, an ideas competition sponsored by Manhattan workspace 1407 Broadway.
Architects Ju-Hyun Kim and Euno Cho were inspired by the already existing open-office plan, and took it to the next level with a grassy field. "Traditionally, the park, which is an inviting and comfortable place, seemed to be located at the opposite side of the spectrum from the office, which feels restricted and confined."
What they are describing as a "borderless workplace," the space would replace cubicles with outdoor cafe tables. Workers could choose where they work in the morning and rearrange tables and chairs to better work within teams. The outdoor space would even include conference rooms, which would be encased in glass.
The designers haven't mentioned factors like power outlets, but do say that such a design would require some special considerations. For example, it would require a solar lighting system.