What’s next for offices?

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This NLA Breakfast Talk presents exemplar new projects that rethink the future of the office.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the office was where millions of us spent about a third of our time. But in 2020 the workplace changed forever. Now as lockdown measures are being lifted people are starting to gradually return to the office. But the behavioural changes and lessons learned from the ‘working from home’ experiment are here to stay. Companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google say that going forward they will be using a hybrid work model, where workers spend time working both from the office and from home. And business leaders don’t seem to think that shift is temporary.

What are the implications of the emerging hybrid future for the design, management, and development of offices? How have workplaces and workers continue to adapt in response to COVID-19 and how will they evolve towards a future recovery? This NLA Breakfast Talk presents exemplar new projects that rethink the future of the office.

Speakers: Benjamin O’Connor, Oliver Booth, Alison Darvill, Sascha Lewin and Ziona Strelitz

Friday 24 September 2021, 08:30-09:30

Levelling up: leading edge + legacy space

Levelling up isn’t just a current political agenda! An inherent feature of campuses is new versus old. This has obvious physical manifestations, but divergence in standards also arises from cultural change. Whereas good recent development will reflect contemporary standards and norms, older built stock almost always shows time-lags. Over the years, ZZA’s practice has involved numerous commissions to review clients’ campuses or portfolios. The objective is always to identify scope to bridge the gap between leading and trailing buildings – to recommend interventions to transcend perceptions of ‘us and them’. With this aim, we are currently reviewing the LSE’s campus. Occupying a compact quarter in London’s Aldwych district, the campus encompasses a wide range of buildings, from the School’s original Old Building on Houghton Street, to the newest fine Centre Buildings by Rogers Stirk Harbour, and in between a variety of accommodation formerly developed for commercial use, as well as others bespoke for academia. The joy of such commissions is their sense of purpose – seeing additional opportunities, often easy to realise, and the tangible benefit in cascading good ideas across a campus ensemble.