Design

The business of play: are we infantalising the workforce?

As Silicon Valley’s tech titans open extravagant new corporate headquarters, the issue of turning the workplace into one big creative playpen has sharpened debate on both sides of the argument

Zaha Hadid: the bigger, brighter floorplates of China’s groundscrapers

From creating close proximity to co-workers, visibility across large floor plates and designing office space with the qualities of a city, the atrium is the heart of the building, says Ulrich Blum of Zaha Hadid Architects

Trading stress for wellness: redesigning the trading floor

Forget the Wolf of Wall Street: trading floors can seriously damage traders’ health. New research from architects Gensler, supported by furniture company Erich Keller, explores ways to mitigate stress on the trading floor to improve wellbeing and decision-making

Making light work of constant distractions in open plan space

Having trouble getting ‘into flow’ in the office environment? A new traffic light system promising to cut down interruptions has reopened a familiar debate about the trials of working in open plan

Do wearables hold the key to the multi-sensory workplace?

Designing multi-sensory experiences at work can aid wellbeing and productivity, but a balance is required between architectural form and new wearable technologies

Will design thinking make your workplace architect redundant?

It is one thing to think like a designer. It is quite another to attempt a workplace design project without a professional to make it happen

Cultural touchstones: giving the tech sector a design narrative

Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A has been one of the pioneers of new workspace design in Silicon Valley. Here he explains how design typologies can help companies to tell their story

Elevate the spirit: Felderman and Keatinge’s approach to design

Ever since their pioneering MTV Networks project more than 20 years ago, workplace designers Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge have been in the vanguard of new ideas