Work Club Insights – The Blurring Lines
The line between office, home, retail and hospitality is becoming increasingly blurred. Offices are taking on more elements of the home, hotel, café or even retail, whilst cafes and hotels are now offering more business support and more homely aesthetics.
The changing environment
Offices are no longer just desks and chairs. Technology is now enabling us to work from anywhere at anytime. Offices are taking on more elements of the home, hotel, café or even retail, whilst cafes and hotels are now offering more business support and more homely aesthetics.
We’ve seen café designs collide with home settings. Using lounges and long communal dinning tables. Meanwhile, hotels are aiding the global workers with communal workspaces with free Wi-Fi and unimposing staff within their lobbies. It was an organic evolution for Ace Hotel in New York, now renowned for their lobby workspace but more and more hotels are experimenting. The classic hotel layouts are reinterpreted to create more work-supported environments for business travelers in the rooms as well as their public spaces.
New Projects launched – providing a collaborative environment
The Westin launched Project Hive and the Marriot’s Workspace on Demand initiatives last year. These initiatives offer both long and short term rentals on dedicated work spaces. They’re not just for the hotel guests but locals too. They are places for people to work, meet and collaborate.
Integrating the best of each environment
Moving forward, the office will incorporate more elements of the home, hotel, café or even retail as people are more comfortable with the idea of working from anywhere. Spatial design is now focusing on how they can integrate the best of each environment into one space. Promoting the comfort of home, the socialness of a café, the productivity of the office and the service of a hotel.