Thanks to the Internet, it is possible to run a company without even leaving your computer desk. Unfortunately for many, telework (or tele-commuting) has made the home-office a prison. These workers missed interacting with other people, and started gathering in groups and creating co-working spaces. At the same time, owners of traditional offices noticed that their employees feel better in spaces which look, at least a little bit, like home. Or a café. Thus, we have home-offices, homes at offices, co-working spaces, and none of these are like a ‘typical‘ workplace. So, is the form still that important? After all, you can write computer programs in centuries-old buildings – a good laptop is just as good in a simple cottage as it is in a big office. Which leads us to the question of what office buildings will look like in the future? Or, will we even need them at all?
Children are not exempt from experiencing the changes happening in architecture. Instead of classrooms, they often learn in open-spaces with moveable walls. Learning no longer has to take place in a traditional setting with the teacher’s desk facing rows of students. Until recently, such arrangements were only available in experimental schools. A new approach to learning, where a teacher accompanies students in exploring the world, rather than instructing them from behind a desk, is increasingly influencing newly built or renovated schools and kindergartens.

Multifunctional space for Teletech
A low-cost office in an old mustard factory in Dijon, for 600 call centre operators. The employees can choose their own workspaces in the informally designed interior. Design by Dutch studio MVRDV.