Rem Koolhaas to create office design for new media centre in Berlin

Rem Koolhaas to create office design for new media centre in Berlin

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An office design by Rem Koolhaas’s architecture practice OMA has been selected for the new Axel Springer media centre in Berlin. The firm claims the design will encourage collaborative working and strike the right balance between the needs of people to work priavtely and with others.  The new building will sit on the site of […]

When worlds collide: a preview of the Salone Internationale del Mobile in Milan

When worlds collide: a preview of the Salone Internationale del Mobile in Milan

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Don’t even think about going to Milan for a break at this time of year – you probably won’t get a hotel room. Every year the Salone Internationale del Mobile (International Furniture Fair) and Milan Design Week ensure that hotels are full despite room rates soaring for the duration of this world class exhibition. Salone […]

CBI moves to new flagship London office at Cannon Place

CBI moves to new flagship London office at Cannon Place

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The CBI is moving out of the Centre Point building this weekend to take up residence at its new flagship offices in London’s Cannon Place on Monday (31st March). The UK’s leading business group is leaving the Centre Point building in London’s West End after 34 years to relocate to new offices in Cannon Place, […]

Google’s new Amsterdam office exposes Tech’s youthful obsessions

Google’s new Amsterdam office exposes Tech’s youthful obsessions

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Back in the 1990s, when Frank Duffy was one of the august handful of people popularising notions of a changing approach to office design, he categorised four models of the workplace that he foresaw would come to reflect the work done in them, namely the den, cell, hive and club. Back then, the word ‘club’ […]

Design of the Year shortlist contrasts what is practical with what is possible

Design of the Year shortlist contrasts what is practical with what is possible

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A great many of us pay architecture and design very little attention until it’s too late and we’re confronted with the workings of a mind that doesn’t consider whether just because we could really means we should. The kind of mind that designs a building that melts cars on the street or one with wind […]

The enduring need to put a bit more of the M into facilities management

The enduring need to put a bit more of the M into facilities management

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It may well be a statement of the obvious, but it’s worth reminding ourselves sometimes that the term facilities management consists of two words. There is often a bit too much emphasis on the facilities and a bit too little on the management and sometimes we look for design and product solutions to problems that […]

The workplace should be designed for (and by) people, not robots

The workplace should be designed for (and by) people, not robots

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From existential and dystopian fears expressed through books and films, we have long had an uneasy relationship with the idea of automatons and artificial intelligence. The UKCES saw robotics and automation as significant enough to include in it’s recent report on the future of work and the risks to jobs are very real based even on […]

Public sector purchasing doesn’t need this kind of lightbulb moment

Public sector purchasing doesn’t need this kind of lightbulb moment

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The latest of the weekly kickings reserved for the UK’s public sector purchasing community comes in the shape of a BBC Panorama documentary alleging that a range of frauds and cock-ups cost the National Health Service around £7 billion a year. The NHS denies these figures but there are clearly obvious and serious deficiencies in the […]

Morgan Lovell to research impact of the workplace on wellbeing

Morgan Lovell to research impact of the workplace on wellbeing

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One of the latest pieces of research to explore the possible links between the workplace and individual wellbeing is to be carried out by office fit-out firm Morgan Lovell in conjunction with the British Council for Offices (BCO) and workplace analytics tool HATCH. The firm hopes to create an original piece of research that will […]

What the UK regional divide can teach us about the way we design offices

What the UK regional divide can teach us about the way we design offices

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In the BBC documentary Mind the Gap, Evan Davis asks why London has an economy that is larger than and different to those of other UK cities, but also getting bigger and more differentiated. One of the main reasons he finds for this is something called agglomeration; the more skilled people you can put within […]

The latest issue of Insight is now available to view online

The latest issue of Insight is now available to view online

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In this week’s Insight newsletter, available to view online; Workplace Insight confirms a partnership agreement with Europe’s largest commercial interior design event, Clerkenwell Design Week [pictured]; evidence that employees who use treadmill workstations as they work not only receive physical benefits but also are more productive; and research finds that our brains are adapting to […]

Gallery: Google’s Kuala Lumpur office offers an alternative vision of a tech palace

Gallery: Google’s Kuala Lumpur office offers an alternative vision of a tech palace

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Mention the offices of Google (or Facebook or Apple) and you’re perhaps most likely to think of the latest generation of gleaming Xanadu-like corporate tech palaces now being planned or built in London or California. But the new offices of Google in Kuala Lumpur offer a distinctly different vision. Designed by M Moser Associates, this […]

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