The Office Space in 2021

the office space in 2021

The office space in 2021: smart working and evolution in the workplace, there are many ways of designing it.

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Smart working is generally viewed negatively because it precludes contact with other colleagues, the exchange of ideas and opinions, the chance to meet new people and engage with them and, in a broader sense, forces the worker to shut himself in and leave the world outside.

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Because of COVID-19 this condition is necessary but experts claim that you will return to work in the office, in a different, smoother, more versatile and more effective way. Let’s find out how!

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There is a need to redesign the paradigms of the spatial organisation of offices; we can no longer think of the office as a battery of computers and desks all alike. The office must become an inspirational model for small communities. A place for sharing and motivation.

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If it is true that the ‘traditional’ office will not disappear completely, it is also true that smart working from home will not disappear. There will be a real fusion between these two solutions. The smart worker will have to be able to choose how to work and where to work. There will be fewer offices. More identity-based. More open. Specialised. Places to go when needed, not necessarily at the same time every day.

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Obviously, much more will have to be done: we will have to work on materials that can be sanitised, on laminates that are easy to clean with the right reagents, on fabrics that are easy to sanitise. It will be indispensable to facilitate the movement of furniture and its spacing in space.

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The trend for the year 2021 is that in the office, whether at home or in the company offices, the window will increasingly be the most important and focal point. No longer just as a threshold separating inside from outside, but as an opening to the world.

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New Scenarios: The Office in the Next Future

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The office space in the next future: will the workspace disappear or not? How will it have to reinvent itself in order not to disappear?

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In recent months, smart-working has made you discover the slowness, the pleasure of working from home, without moving, and therefore with more time to devote to family and hobbies. So is the office going to disappear? Are there already the conditions to return to work in the office respecting the rules of distance, hygiene and safety?

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“The pandemic has not only changed the patterns of personal interaction – with an increase in health measures, social distancing and the rise of digital communication – but has also radically changed the way we work,” writes Nora Fehlbaum, CEO of Vitra. “Although the medium to long-term development of Covid and its impact on the workplace are still uncertain, we need to develop and test new post-pandemic solutions just as quickly.”

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It is assumed that open space solutions will not disappear, but instead will adapt following a process of innovation that has already begun some time ago and that now will have to be accelerated and redefined.

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In any case, in the open spaces will have to be created niches through glass partitions or screens that guarantee privacy and, above all, distance.

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As far as the classic office is concerned, from now on there will no longer be multiple workstations, but individual ones, and there are already plans to incorporate a sanitizing system to disinfect the surfaces after use.

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“The office is a place that provides the necessary interactions to encourage and encourage innovation,” stresses interior designer Sevil Peach. “This is where you can gather in groups, meet colleagues, communicate, collaborate, share experiences, learn from each other. For these reasons, I think, the office will survive…”

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It is almost unthinkable to have to give up the office forever; designers and companies are working to find solutions compatible with the health emergency and the consequences that this emergency will cause in the long term.

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Now we have to make do with working mostly from home without being able to deal directly with colleagues, without being able to meet clients and therefore without being able to grow professionally as before. The important thing, however, is to be able to create a small office, a small corner at home all for us that separates us from the family environment and that facilitates concentration as much as possible.

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