The modern workplace is moving to fewer private offices and more space to roam. As part of a special series on workplace, The New York Times profiles three NBBJ projects — the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Russell Investments and R.C. Hedreen Company — that illustrate this new way of working.
The main concepts highlighted by reporter Lawrence W. Cheek include: “Buzz conversational noise and commotion is good. Private offices and expressions of hierarchy are of debatable value. Less space per worker may be inevitable for cost-effectiveness, but it can enhance the working environment, not degrade it. Daylight, lots of it, is indispensable. Chance encounters yield creative energy. And mobility is essential.”