The modern workplace has evolved a lot over the past few decades, and the introduction of new technologies and the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is set to completely change how we work even more in the future.
Back in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, offices were still mostly set up for individual working, with staff set up in their own cubicles and managers in their own offices. And while over time, technology was slowly introduced to help improve productivity, most business communication was still carried out via traditional landlines or in person, and documents were all created, stored and shared as hard copies. Email, word processors and personal computers had all been invested in the 70s, but didn’t become ubiquitous until decades later. And mobile phones, while available to the public from the late 80s, were large, expensive and not standard practice until the new millennium.
Since 2000, there has been an increasing focus placed on being comfortable in the workplace, with most modern setups centered around collaboration rather than individual working. New tools and new technologies have transformed the way we work and communicate such cloud-based software, video conferencing, and even email and social media. This has made it possible for many people to work anywhere and have become less dependent on a fixed office space.
This was made all too clear during the Coronavirus pandemic, when many of us were required to work remotely far more than ever before. It’s unlikely that workplaces will fully return to normal ever again, but there is still a need for office space for a number of reasons. Social interaction with colleagues, more effective tools (technology, furniture, space), face-to-face collaboration and client meetings, for example. So how can workplaces evolve and adapt to help facilitate a combination of in-person and virtual working?
The Office Design Challenge / Edition #2 is the second in an annual competition series in which participants are tasked with exploring the work environment. The jury will be looking for design projects that use architecture as a tool to improve a worker’s wellbeing as well as their productivity. This challenge is an opportunity to envision the new normal of the workplace post-COVID.
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Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English
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Certificate of Achievement
Certificate of Achievement
Certificate of Achievement
Buildner will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.
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- MOVIE The competition winners will be granted and opportunity to submit a movie about themselves. The video will be published on the Buildner's website and social networks.
- MEDIA PARTNERS The competition results will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured in the world’s leading architecture media outlets.
Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified.
All jury members are involved in the evaluation based on their availability at that time. All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Buildner staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]
Closing date for registration
04 May, 2023
Closing date for project submission
02 June, 2023 (11:59pm London time)
Announcement of the winners
19 July, 2023
Competition Q&A deadline: 10 May, 2023
In order to guarantee equal opportunities to all competition participants,
no new questions will be answered after this deadline!
Advance Registration04 January - 01 March
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies125 €
Last Minute Registration02 March - 04 May
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies145 €
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