Thank you for a great great post, and to clearly outline a more thoughtful approach to design a client’s space.
As a fellow architect, I can totally see how intentional your firm’s design approach is.
As a owner/operator of coworking spaces, I would recommend that architects try to better understand and even appreciate the economics behind the space, aside from “the budget”. In the most basic difference, these shared spaces are essentially using office space as the revenue generator, as opposed to what 99.99% of other office spaces - as a necessary evil, in terms of overhead expense.
and yes yes, coworking is about developing communities, but at some point, whether you’re striving to drive 2 memberships per seat or 10 memberships, that # of seats directly drives the revenue.
btw, I plan to discuss this balance at the upcoming GCUC.co gathering, from Tues May 3 - Fri May 6. My topic I’ll discuss on day 1 will be “Design by Numbers,” which will be exactly that: designing by [economic] numbers.
I encourage all of you to attend, as there is no single other larger, in-person gathering of expertise, and shared coworking ideals in one place!
On Apr 7, 2016, at 2:56 AM, Selim Ozadar [email protected] wrote:
At the moment I am working at an architecture company located within a coworking space in Amsterdam. We have a user-centric approach to architecture with a focus on fostering human interactions, thus we design collaborative office spaces. One of our projects is Impact Hub Amsterdam and I wrote a story on Medium explaining the design process with examples:
I wanted to share our journey for those who are interested in architectural aspect of coworking spaces and how it effects the productivity. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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