What does the perfect inventive workplace appear like?

Over a year after the UK first lockdown, many offices remain closed. What do we want from them when they open again? Here Gabriela Hersham from the Huckletree cooperation chain advocates an environment that encourages spontaneity and collaboration

Physical spaces are essential for creative thinking. Not negotiable. Space and place are like the props and backdrops of a play – which we often ignore because of the plot. But without the stage there is no plot, character or play. The ideas we create are framed by the places in which we live. We shape our buildings and then they shape us.

When 2021 is in full swing, it will be obvious that the workplace will change drastically (and has already been shaken). Most think this is simply a move to a shared work area and the closure of the office, with moves by large companies like Twitter and Hitachi being well documented. However, as pioneers in the workplace, we believe that there will be much more nuanced changes that people aren't talking about just yet.

Our work has changed, our mindset has changed, what it means to be human has changed, and there will be unique changes in workplaces that seek to harness creativity. To do this, the minds behind the design of the workspace have to rip up the old workbook and start over.

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