California-based architect Clive Wilkinson has designed a shared office space that may one day hover over London. Called Endless Workplace, the conceptual scheme proposes a solution to the excessive time workers spend on their daily commutes.
Wilkinson sees a single, horizontally connected working environment suspended above existing city infrastructure, free from cubicles and including small parks. Supporting the needs of an expanding workforce of digital nomads, the proposition envisions a mobile working style where anyone can work anywhere by simply heading upstairs to the office space.
Along with eliminating commuting time and reducing carbon emissions from cars, the concept looks to overcome the isolation of working at home alone. "You are essentially in an endless co-working space, and will develop relationships with co-workers from different disciplines – ideally forming village-like communities," Wilkinson told design website Dezeen.
The number of co-working spaces continues to rise, reflecting an increasing desire to work in collaborative environments. In the past year, the number of co-working spaces has grown by 36% to nearly 8,000 worldwide (Deskmag, 2015).
Millennials (aged between 22 and 35) are particularly drawn to spaces that blur the boundaries between life and work, and offer opportunities for immersive communal living, serendipitous interaction and skills exchange – see New Collectives for more. For strategies on how to evolve the workplace to help create a better work-life balance, see Working Smarter.