How will and do we want to work tomorrow? What does the ideal look like Workplace-Design of Future out of? This question is currently driving numerous media, blogs and conferences. That inspired us to a reader campaign. Because the discussion about it is just beginning.

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On best of HR -® we have dedicated a lot of space to the subject of workplace design and regularly present unusual design ideas – recently, for example, the wacky one Idea, in underground offices, but with imitation daylight lamps to simulate rooms with windows, for me personally a horror.

I like the mobile office landscape of the Dutch design studio RAAF and the artist Barbara Visser. In this model of the future the office workers can stand, lean somewhere or even lie - but seldom sit. The design guarantees that you always keep moving.

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Great idea, unfortunately it will take a while until this has fully established itself. Who can be, for example because Companys offers flexible workplaces and home office, should become active in the design of a flexible workplace.

2006 already had its first beginnings as Sascha Lobo and Holm Friebe suddenly made Digital Boheme famous as a way of life and work - and St. Oberholz in Berlin was one of them.

Work where you want?

Now I have to say that in my almost 5 years in Berlin I could never really do anything with Oberholz. Too crowded, too loud, too much distraction. And coworking spaces have never personally convinced me - at least not permanently.

Nevertheless, I am convinced by the idea of ​​mobile workplace design. I actually work best in the home office, especially when I have to concentrate a lot. But it happens again and again that I want to go out: work in a cafe or outside right away.

Cafe, coworking space, home office or train?

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Also, some coworking spaces now offer models in which you can rent a work space for a few euros per hour. This is very much for me, because I really do not like to work all day in one place.

At the moment it has become the norm that I work at home in the morning and then somewhere else in the afternoon – for inspiration and creativity because of or simply to see something different. But I've also read about people who drove around the whole day with a Bahncard 100 - and apart from the WLAN-Problem I like working there too.

Mixed office as a model of the future

Lars Hahn has the Term Mixed Office coined the term systematic coffee drinking in his blog. With his photo, in which he quickly converted a backstage area into a mobile workplace, he shows very nicely how mobile work can be today - if perhaps not always ideally back-friendly.

By the way, there are more on The Worker Article on the topic. I think the mixed office model is extreme, especially for knowledge workers useful. However, the companies, some of which have just proudly announced home office, still have to go along with this.

The future of work: Underground and with daylight?

But maybe the future of work looks very different too - and takes place in the basement without any natural light. Somehow depressing as a concept.

"We have just moved to a new building and are bursting at the seams again" - such and similar complaints could soon be a thing of the past. Because in overcrowded offices, companies can now switch to the basement.

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Sitting down in the basement without daylight, while the upper floors are mostly reserved for the bosses, sounds terrible. But now, as Wired reports, there is one Alternatives:

The Italian Company CoeLux has developed a lamp that not only imitates the blue of the sky in the window, but also the brightness and warmth of the real sun.

The 3 component solution

This is what Wired says:

The illusion of natural light is created by three components: LEDs imitate the spectrum of sunlight, an optical one System mimics the distance between the sky and the sun, and materials with nanostructures only a few millimeters thick mimic Rayleight scattering.

Exciting and terrifying at the same time

This sounds exciting on the one hand and in the video it looks really good and deceptively real. On the other hand, I am frightened by this possibility.

Wired compares the lamp with the invention of the elevator, which made skyscrapers possible. Well, author Juliane Liebert concludes, CoeLux creates the possibility of “growing” houses and therefore office space underground as well.

Offices of the future: skyscrapers under the earth?

I am now trying to imagine what consequences this might have on our work. Will we be sitting in the underground all the time because it is cheaper?

I personally find my attic-Office still more exciting with a view of the real sky.

Regardless of time and space

And even more: such a lamp could make us not only spatially independent of daylight, but also temporally:

Industrialization was only made possible by the invention of electrical light and thus the relative independence from the brightness.

Shift work as a future vision?

The CoeLux could also make shift work more attractive for office workers around the clock. It will be interesting to see how things develop.

It's always a cool design idea, but if you think about all the possibilities, then it becomes fast clearthat not all developments have to be positive. I am curious what the future will really look like.

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