Third spaces and the future of work
In short, parts of the house become the office and parts of the office become the house. But how to organize this area in square feet?
“It’s about how amenity spaces are laid out and how they fit,” said Kimberley Petredis, senior partner and director of residential interiors, FXCollaborative. “For example, some need complete silence and others like a small amount of background noise. Everything and everyone is related to everything and everyone.
Rodriguez-Joglar put forward his idea of a dream project filled with third places, maybe even a big third place. It’s a city within a city, he explained. “Ideally, you have a setup where a developer builds a campus: one residential, the other office. There is a central park, daycare, cafes, market, and doctors’ offices. You live and work in the same “city”, it’s part of how people see the future.
But below this utopia, the pandemic has made “collaborative spaces” in offices more difficult. Rodriguez-Joglar highlighted the technological challenge of making a conference room easy to use for all employees, from young tech-savvy staff to senior executives. “Ideally, you can walk into the room with a simple app on your smartphone and display the necessary technology, whether it’s a TV or a Zoom call, with a simple gesture. But it doesn’t happen like that. It’s one of the biggest struggles we have. “
Petredis ended the session with a plea of sort that third space designers consider human health, both physical and mental. “We design for mental health. In some places the cold light works, and in others the warm light works. And if you are near materials that don’t emit gas and destroy the earth, you’ll feel better.