Archinect - News 2014-10-24T21:45:03-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/90756269/the-open-office-trap The Open-Office Trap Archinect 2014-01-08T13:16:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:11:12-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/50/5077a1cafcf78329285ce40af92c377e.jpg" width="514" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The open office was originally conceived by a team from Hamburg, Germany, in the nineteen-fifties, to facilitate communication and idea flow. But a growing body of evidence suggests that the open office undermines the very things that it was designed to achieve.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/81134707/big-changes-are-coming-to-conventional-office-buildings Big changes are coming to conventional office buildings Archinect 2013-09-05T14:04:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:48:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2e/2e061d84b77c37d2cbb576962b11816f.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Corporate America is moving away from conventional layouts where an employee's status is measured by the amount of space he occupies. Instead, more compact, playful designs are coming into favor. People can do their jobs almost anywhere with their cellphones and laptops, the reasoning goes, so let's make the office a place where people are stimulated by close interaction at their workstations and chance meetings in inviting public spaces such as lounges and coffee bars.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69898931/hotello-somnia-et-labora-a-portable-office HOTELLO. Somnia et Labora. A Portable Office Archinect 2013-03-22T19:08:00-04:00 >2013-03-22T20:16:23-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/en/enq3ukp2idmh81si.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hotello is a portable space, packed into a trunk. Hotello contains all the necessary elements needed to work and rest. It consists of a metal structure that supports a translucent and sound absorbant curtain. Hotello can be combined and aggregated in different configurations.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/63135919/domus-visits-maio-at-their-nice-barcelona-studio Domus visits Maio at their nice Barcelona studio Archinect 2012-12-10T13:50:00-05:00 >2012-12-12T18:17:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mk/mkzhgmx6m9c6vzev.jpg" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is divided into two sections. One of these, the working area, is dominated by its single central desk, which is 12,5 metres long, without any divisions or boundaries. This desk is shared by graphic designers, architects, data visualisation experts, video artists and anyone who the team can share experiences and collaborate with.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The architects have shared the following images and text about their project with us...</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xugib6ae9ozaf18i.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The project, designed by architects Anna Puigjaner and Guillermo Lopez, members of <a href="http://www.maio-maio.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAIO </a>design team, involves the conversion of a space that formerly housed a washing place into an open studio for professionals from different fields of architecture and design.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/l8/l8b92x8flk4a6bcs.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The existing 40-meter long building was a continuous space, with variable sections and extremely poor lighting. Hence, the proposal focuses on the opening of a patio, literally conceived as an outer room, to improve the interior lighting. This outer room divides the 40 meters of the initial space into two areas. The front area is open to the street and left empty to accommodate activities related to the public, such as meetings, events, exhibitions ... - while the rear side houses a 12,5-meter long table and is intended as the main workspace.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/srkw08f7hzj3ewfu.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The thickness and warmth of the three new, large windows opened in the patio has b...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/49015334/from-cubicles-cry-for-quiet-pierces-office-buzz From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz anthony dong 2012-05-20T11:18:00-04:00 >2012-06-12T07:11:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xc/xc0yxwjmr78dgsmq.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The original rationale for the open-plan office, aside from saving space and money, was to foster communication among workers, the better to coax them to collaborate and innovate. But it turned out that too much communication sometimes had the opposite effect: a loss of privacy, plus the urgent desire to throttle one&rsquo;s neighbor.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/41973983/open-doors-form-open-minds Open Doors form Open Minds? Nam Henderson 2012-03-19T14:07:00-04:00 >2012-03-21T12:29:30-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vh/vhpu9qiohbe3hkgd.jpg" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The architects often walk clients through it to show how an open environment works. There&rsquo;s not a private office or cubicle anywhere, and there&rsquo;s constant low-level hubbub: people in motion, and gathering into small groups. The tour makes some clients nervous; they wonder how their own workers would concentrate in such an environment.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Lawrence Cheek examines&nbsp;new trends in office designs which focus on providing employees room to roam and thus to think. Specifically, he looks at three examples the Seattle offices of Russell Investment, The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters as well the offices of the architectural firm be hind the first two examples, NBBJ which occupies two 38,000-square-foot floors of a midrise office building it designed in 2006.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/22026824/design-crime-an-office-shaped-like-lady-parts Design Crime: An Office Shaped Like Lady Parts Archinect 2011-09-28T12:05:23-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z1/z1q5v9wg4m4y6gu9.jpg" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The showpiece is a staircase smack dab in the middle of the first-floor work room that leads to a second floor with a gaping white void painted red inside. Taranta says it's &ldquo;reminiscent of a large droplet of water ready to fall from the ceiling.&rdquo; Uh, yeah. If a &ldquo;large droplet of water&rdquo; looks exactly like a vagina.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/15905162/new-ways-of-designing-the-modern-workspace New Ways of Designing the Modern Workspace Archinect 2011-08-05T20:08:31-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/83/833ea66ab50ed1c404e6098a2783f524.jpg" width="427" height="284" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the end of his life, Robert Propst, creator of the cubicle system, called his invention &ldquo;monolithic insanity,&rdquo; yet we seem unable to tread down any other path. Longstanding calls for the Redesign of the Cubicle continue...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>