Successful transformation:
new working environments in old offices

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Conversion of 1980s offices into a plus-energy house: Powerhouse KjĂžrbo near Oslo
architecture: SnÞhetta, © Ketil Jacobsen

Work is changing and architecture is changing with it. Numerous office and administration buildings dating from the recent past no longer correspond to today’s state of technology and equipment. Current projects respond to the question of demolition or modernisation with creative ideas: instead of opting for demolition or new construction, the concepts combine old and new as inspiring office worlds.

Destination for New Ideas:
Vitra presents “Work” at ORGATEC 2016

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© Vitra/Florian Böhm

From 25 to 29 October, Vitra presents ‘Work’ at the ORGATEC trade fair in Cologne – a dedicated hall exploring the role that work plays in our lives and culture and examining how we furnish the dynamic spaces that enable it. In partnership with other renowned brands, ‘Work’ showcases all the elements that will impact the workspaces of today and tomorrow.

Customised environment: temporary workplaces

“Interchange” co-working space by Tom Dixon, London Copyright: Tom Dixon Research Studio
“Interchange” co-working space by Tom Dixon, London
Copyright: Tom Dixon Research Studio

Temporary offices, co-working spaces and business lounges – today, more and more providers offer workspaces for a time. For founders of a new business and young enterprises, in particular, jointly used part-time offices are attractive, where they can flexibly and cost-effectively use a professional environment. Increasingly often, such solutions also seem to be an alternative for established companies.

Smart Office Materials: ORGATEC looks to the future

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Current Table, © Caventou/Marjan Aubel, London

From 25 to 29 October, everything at ORGATEC 2016 focuses on modern working environments. The exhibitors as well as the accompanying programme of the trade fair will provide new impulses. With the special area “Smart Office Materials” the leading international trade fair dares to take a look to the future: the exhibition by the Berlin-based material experts from Haute Innovation shows how innovative and intelligent materials change the working world.

New Impulses:
Orgatec european press conference


EuropĂ€ische Fachpressekonferenz ORGATEC 2016, v.l.n.r.: Tomas Ekstrom (PrĂ€sident FĂ©dĂ©ration EuropĂ©enne du Mobilier de Bureau), Hendrik Hund (Vorsitzender Verband BĂŒro-, Sitz- und Objektmöbel), Katharina C. Hamma (GeschĂ€ftsfĂŒhrerin Koelnmesse GmbH), Michael Steiner, Kommunikationsmanager Orgatec, Koelnmesse GmbH), Diego Gronda (Founder & Creative Director, Studio Gronda)
European press conference ORGATEC 2016, f.l.t.r.: Tomas Ekstrom, Hendrik Hund, Katharina C. Hamma, Michael Steiner, Diego Gronda

Orgatec invited to the European Trade Press Conference in Barcelona, and many media representatives accepted the invitation. Journalists from throughout Europe were informed about the new products and developments of the leading trade fair for Office & Facility.

Worlds of values:
New study on demands on the working environment

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Soundcloud Headquarter Berlin (Interior Design: Kinzo)
© Werner Huthmacher

What characterises good work conditions for people in Germany? What are the chances but also the challenges they see today and for the future? These are the questions the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs addresses in its current study: “Worlds of Values”. The recently published study is part of the “Arbeiten 4.0” initiative, the german ministry initiated to explore the future of the working society until the end of 2016.