We spend roughly 40 hours a week at the workplace—and, who are we kidding?...often far more! That’s about 25% of all of our weeks spent in the office – essentially a quarter of the year—and, assuming you’ll live about 80 years, a little less than a third of our working lives.
At ArchDaily we recognize that design can not only improve the quality of life in the workplace (in essence, one’s home away from home), but it can also do so much more. Design can induce creative collisions, give workers the space they need to combine their resources and energies, can increase production, and make innovation –and even fun—a part of our daily routine. That's why we have partnered with HP to recognize the projects that are pushing the boundaries of workplace design, creating remarkable spaces for work, and to foster experimentation among students and encourage them to think about the workplace of the future.
We are very excited to publish the nearly 150 entries for the Innovation Challenge. Both professionals and students shared their ideas on how a transformation of the workplace can foster innovation. Architects presented already-built projects that are currently pushing boundaries and generating these better workspaces, while students used their freedom to propose more radical approaches within a generic office floor. The solutions and proposals ranged from the conventional to the experimental and showed thinking on a wide variety of scales.
Now, a panel of expert judges (which includesRojkind Arquitectos, Theatre Consultants, Matias del Campo and Enric Ruiz Geli) will evaluate the entries and choose the most innovative workplaces of today and tomorrow. But you, the ArchDaily reader, will also have the opportunity to evaluate the projects, cast your vote and support your favorite entries for the People's Choice Award! All winners will be announced on July 10th and will receive great prizes from HP.