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Why Workspaces are Obsessed with the Open Plan

Why Workspaces are Obsessed with the Open Plan
Why Workspaces are Obsessed with the Open Plan, NBBJ’s tri-sphere biodome planned for Amazon’s downtown Seattle headquarters. Image © NBBJ
NBBJ’s tri-sphere biodome planned for Amazon’s downtown Seattle headquarters. Image © NBBJ

In a brilliant article for Der Spiegel, "The New Monuments to Digital Domination," writer Thomas Schulz not only rounds up our reigning tech giants' oddly-shaped offices - from Apple's "spaceship" to Amazon's "biodomes" - but also pinpoints what they have in common: horizontality. And why? Because an "open creative playground" without boundaries (like floors or walls) is "the perfect ideas factory: the ideal spatial environment for optimally productive digital workers who continuously churn out world-changing innovations." And while this means that privacy has gone out these workspaces' proverbial windows, Schulz isn't too surprised - after all, "people have no right to a private life in the digital age." Check out this must-read article here.

Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "Why Workspaces are Obsessed with the Open Plan" 09 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/454008/why-workspaces-have-gone-horizontal/> ISSN 0719-8884