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What Is the Office of the Future?

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GolinHarris' Chicago headquarters, TPG Architecture
For GolinHarris' Chicago headquarters, TPG Architecture designed a series of huddle spaces that allow for group interaction and private discussion -- in plain sight. Evoking a retro rec room, the chat space, where employeees and clients can work more unilaterally and with less formality, illustrates how office design is borrowing from the hospitality industry.
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Once upon a time, a person asked to envision the workspace of the future might have detailed the trappings of a space-age utopia: robots, flying pods and out-of-this-world architecture. But ask today's architects about tomorrow's office, and the conversation is more likely to include touchpoints such as communication, collaboration and integration.

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