London – Modernization is in the air at Gensler’s European headquarters in Moretown, east London. Having signed a 15-year lease on the 35,000-sq-ft building, Gensler decided to make its retrofit an experiment on design and office life over that time period. What qualities does the ideal office include – and how should those qualities be designed?
Global architecture, design and planning firm Gensler boasts over 48 offices across the world. In 2017, the British branch relocated to a temporary office space in the then-named Thomas More Square. Life in transit proved useful: at its interim location, Gensler collected data and prototyped new ways of working among its employees. Both qualitative employee feedback and quantitative workplace data was collected. Gensler’s studies monitored the types of work practised (focused versus collaborative) and where the work was conducted (at workstations versus in meeting rooms, for example).