Lisbon – How can we work better? It’s a question the whole world seems to be asking now that we’re emerging from lockdown – including architect Daniel Zamarbide and his Geneva- and Lisbon-based practice Bureau. The team has completed their own office, a 208-m2 space in the Portuguese capital. Its design was completed just prior to the pandemic’s widespread outbreak, and now, Bureau looks at it in a whole new way.
The work challenges that came with the shared quarantine time have been cause for much reflection for Bureau. ‘In the past years, we have learned about mobility,’ a spokesperson says. ‘The past months, we have learned about immobility.’ Citing the challenging ‘domestic adaptations’ people around the world had to make in order to function mid-lockdown, the team celebrates their return to the shared office – ‘one that allows us to move our bodies comfortably, to be around again, to “travel” within a diversity of spaces’.