How can architecture and design meet the current social dynamics of work environments?

6th of June 2024

How long does a workplace strategy hold today?
What about tomorrow’s holdings?
How do we alter our holdings, and how do they alter us?

In our work as creators of work environments, we explore these questions, develop concepts, processes to transform these dynamics into individual, sustainable solutions.

Digitization, remote work and AI are reshaping our work in such a way that we must completely rethink workplace transformations and corporate changes, negotiating them individually. Companies can only be successful today if they approach these processes with the right mindset and demonstrate a clear stance.

The success of a project lies in the early and intensive development of a shared project understanding with the client, on how a cultural shift with all its soft and hard factors can be accomplished.

The topic is highly complex. Specialized consulting firms with expertise in digitization, statistics, economics, psychology, and strategy can scientifically accompany these processes. In this field, we successfully collaborate with the change management company M.O.O.CON.

With M.O.O.CON’s change management approach, we can optimally leverage our expertise in spatial implementation. Especially because the dynamic relationship between people and space in work and living environments is at the heart of what we do, our fields complement each other perfectly, enabling clients to realize holistic and thus sustainable projects.

“Magic dwells in each beginning.”

Hermann Hesse

It’s important for us to be involved in these change processes from the very beginning. Especially at the offset, openness is at its peak, wishes are articulated, and needs are explained. If we can participate and listen, we truly get to know the client, and can already open up spaces of possibility.

For us, it’s not about obvious solutions, but rather about asking the right questions and consciously allowing “not-knowing immediately”. We want to overlook nothing and thus be open to different approaches and strategies. This engagement arises from our understanding that design is always a cultural process. In conjunction with the technical and organizational requirements, which must also be carefully worked out, a precise task is thus created, forming the basis for all further development.

New forms of work

Only then do we truly begin with the spatial visualization and initiation of the design process. Through our years of experience in refurbishment and tenant fit-out, we are adept at quickly identifying the potentials of existing spaces, especially in older buildings. This enables us to find the right location for the client with their needs in mind and to design according to their requirements – crucial in selecting and reimagining the right existing property.

Westend Tower Retrofit Just Architekten
Opening up spacesand recognizing their potential
Workplace optimization

Ideas based on our analysis and discussions with the client are ideally tested on prototypes design-wise and continually compared with the initial situation. Through this iterative approach, a transparent and open process of finding common solutions can be achieved. By realizing 1:1 prototypes, we can also engage user groups early on and accompany the change process – a factor not to be underestimated in promoting acceptance of the new working conditions even before the actual architectural changes take place.

Communication and transparency are more important than ever. The final execution in design can only be strong if the foundation has been precisely developed and the change process is professionally accompanied. Especially in larger scale projects, we appreciate collaborating with professionals like M.O.O.CON.

We look forward to an exciting exchange at our event on June 27, 2024

“Shaping Change – Strategies for Sustainable Transformation in Existing Buildings”

A collaborative format by M.O.O.CON and Just Architekten