Knol created a picture perfect flexworking space in the centre of Eindhoven called ‘Out of Office’. It appeared to embody total freedom with a garden, rabbits, coffee bar and work bed. However, the workspace slowly changed into a generic ‘office’ where flexworking environments were taken away and replaced with grey cubicles.
Knol was playing with the extremes of social and architectural design to see how it affected work productivity. Workspaces are now reflecting the modern work ethic of flexibility, inspiration and autonomy and where the currency is creativity.
Knol’s flexwork space was designed to ‘whisper’ work rather than scream it. The idea of plugging in wherever you are, at home, in the park or at a coffee shop allows us freedom in terms of time and environment. However, this also results in practically being at work all the time.
Would more discipline allow for better productivity with dedicated time to work and rest? The evolving workspace aimed to monitor this. The transition from ‘Out of Office’ to ‘Office’ kept people away, but those who continued to go saw the benefits of less distraction and a quieter environment. The conclusion therefore is that flexworking is an individual experience but where freedom is important.
Flexibility of our work environments could be a tool used to inspire more creativity. Everyone has a personal preference regarding their preferred workspace. With ever evolving technology physical offices may be a thing of the past. It seems the only thing worth controlling is work and rest time.