Open, accessible, flexible spaces that encourage staff meetings on a moment's notice; a light, airy room overlooking a courtyard or pool. We asked Cambridge, Mass. - based Thompson and Rose Architects to take a glimpse into the corporate headquarters of the future and tell us what we'll find in the conference room.
In a post-industrial, information-driven economy, where the efficient exchange of information has reached unprecedented levels, the role of meeting spaces in corporate environments is becoming more questionable. As technology is driving the exchange of information in a virtual realm, the motivation for human exchange appears to diminish.
This highlights the importance of meeting spaces that can promote spontaneous human interaction. Such meeting spaces would have to be flexible, to accommodate different groups of people for different functions. They would be integrated with circulation spaces in new corporate offices, or be an integral part of new, more flexible working environments. Such meeting rooms would become more transparent to the individual working stations, making them more accessible to employees.
Easy access to virtual information also allows for more isolated meeting rooms that encourage private moments of reflection. Architectural designs of such spaces can take advantage of the technological ability to remotely access information to create spaces that allow for more pleasurable views of the surrounding environment, and with amenities that promote rest and relaxation during breaks.