Design guidelines are invaluable for the modern workplace and when properly conceived their inherent flexibility can respond to all manner of building types, both old and new. However when seen as prescriptive guidelines can be inefficient and costly. With many conflicting demands maintaining sufficient flexibility to break rules serves both building owner and potential occupiers.
These six new ideas for the workplace are not prescriptive but are designed to challenge accepted norms and provoke debate. They focus on how a building operates in use over time and they accept that users can be both adaptable and flexible.