This brief asks you to propose an architectural or interior design
solution that supports a change in the way people work or a new way of
using or allocating workplace.
Your solution should demonstrate a strong understanding of mental
health and wellbeing in working environments – and you can focus on
any working environment or occupation anywhere in the world: from
start-ups to big business, across different industries and sectors, from
schools and hospitals to offices, agencies and factories. Whatever you
choose to focus on, it is essential that your response is informed by
strong human-centred research and insights.
The impact of good design on wellbeing and productivity has been
well-evidenced. At the same time, social changes and technological
advancements are reimagining work and changing the requirements of
‘workplace’ design. For many the workplace now goes beyond a single
building, as activity-based working, field-based working, remote
working, flexible and freelance working are on the rise.
Design a vision and an architectural solution for a way to promote greater
wellbeing when people are at work, wherever that work takes place, that
will contribute to higher productivity and better overall mental health.
This should explore the future of workplace by
focusing on the design of a particular site (this can be a floor, a small
building, or an intervention at urban scale).
(plans, sections, elevations, 3D
visuals, exploded and axonometric drawings, physical model
of the proposed design)
Written 250 words concept summary;
o Identified user, social context and commercial use;
o Schedule of accommodation and diagram;
o Physical prototypes – testing of idea;
o Developed plans to scale;
o Developed sections to scale;
o Outline interior and exterior visuals;
o Explanatory diagrams of the concept with user scenario;
o Defined precedents;
o Materials, technology, finishes and construction studies