Have you heard the word on the street? Τhat’s right, we have a new competition running and its subject is THINKING! This time, we want you to take apart and put together, challenge and rethink, the typical office space!

From the perspective of a space that supports and nurtures mental work, the office is the predominant space for thinking. Either hours straining our minds or moments of shouting ‘eureka’, the office environment hosts our daily mental struggle for problem solving and innovation. That’s why we are looking for proposals that contemplate on how the standard office can be reconsidered and redesigned and on how current changes in the society could reconfigure it.

So, in order to set you up for success, let’s just drop some knowledge about office spaces:

1 – Workplace design is so important that it actually affects workers’ happiness according to a report by Haworth. Have a look at it here.

2 – There are 7 factors that determine great office design. Yep, Harvard Business Review has it all figured out, find them out here.

3 – The subject of this year’s Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale is “WORK, BODY, LEISURE”. The pavilion “addresses the spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body engendered by disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions.” Click here for visual inspiration and some fascinating texts by important architects and theorists.

4 – Office architecture has undergone major changes across time. If you are in the mood for some history (it’s brief I promise) you will like this.

5 – WORKPLACE is a documentary that studies the past, present, and future of the office. So, put some headphones on and lay back for some insights into Norman Foster’s R/GA’s headquarters in New York.

5 – Data-driven design can offer improved and more sustainable design solutions. Casually throwing out some Space Syntax theory out there.

7 – And to finish on a lighter note, there’s 12 minimalist office interiors with plenty of space to think. (Already in love with them.)

If you haven’t yet read the brief/seen the calendar/got tempted by the prizes or found out about our outstanding jurors, I strongly recommend you do so, HERE.

It’s still quite early in the process, so you might have many questions to ask. If so, feel free to contact us on our Facebook page and problem solved!

Well, that’s all for today.