Future of Work: The Shape of Revolutionary Thinking

Fred Holt
Architect and Partner
3XN, Copenhagen



Nowadays people can work anywhere at any time, and the paradigm of workers being housed within the four walls of the traditional workspace is being challenged. Offices therefore need to move beyond a 9:00–5:00 environment to attract and retain talent and be places that people can enjoy, where teams and people will come together specifically to socialize and collaborate with their peers. QQT has been designed with this in mind.

The innovative design of Quay Quarter Tower looks at the high-rise office in an entirely new way. It takes the benefits of the large format, “campus style” office, and goes vertical with 2,000-square-meter floor plates – which are rare in a tower – and comprises a series of five stacked vertical villages, breaking down the scale of the 90,000-square-meter tower to provide smaller communities. An atrium climbs its way from the bottom to the top of the 50-story tower. As well as being a striking feature, it serves to open up and bring natural daylight deep into the large floor plate as well as accentuating the tremendous views at Quay Quarter. Circular stairs wind their way up the atria and encouraging interaction, knowledge sharing and more informal encounters.

With an increasing focus on productivity, diversity in the type and character of spaces across large-scale floors supports a combination of work styles, from intimate gatherings to large-scale knowledge sharing, creating real workplace amenities. Through enhancing the everyday working environment, architecture can shape behavior.

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