Design

China’s O-tower sends message about the future of R&D space

China’s big push to create sustainable offices post Covid-19 is reflected in a new headquarters building for smartphone maker OPPO in Hangzhou that combines brand values with ecological design

legal workplace

Future legal workplace: charting a fresh path in hybrid world

At a time when the legal sector is gearing up for a return to the office, the intersection of space, technology and culture is creating opportunities for redesign. New research highlights key areas of change for law firms across three super regions

Healthy ecosystem of work: making the hybrid possible

An effective ecosystem for hybrid work which blends home and office will need to meet a variety of employee needs, as the facilitators of an expert workshop discovered

antimicrobials

Green building experts caution over new ‘anti-viral’ materials

A group of leading green building organisations, architects, and scientists have warned that building materials with added antimicrobials have no proven health benefit – and may not be as green as they seem

sustainability

Cambridge institute plans ‘world’s first’ in sustainable office refits

Is the most sustainable building the one that already exists? A joint team from Cambridge University and architects BDP believe they are on the brink of a breakthrough

Design in the age of crisis: creative ideas take flight

Architects and designers have responded to an open call from the London Design Biennale and Chatham House to generate radical ideas that will reshape our working world

How London’s 22 Bishopsgate is setting a new workspace agenda

London's newest tower wants occupiers in its ‘vertical village’ to think differently about office space – and it has commissioned five design teams to generate alternative ideas

Easy machines: friendly robots that provide a helping hand

With machine assistants in the ascendent, we take a look at the latest in human-robot collaboration and discover a drive to make our automatons as unthreatening as possible