Are your open space neighbors driving you crazy? Want to swing your mug in the face of Jean-Michel making noise with his package BN? So shoo! Hold on to your keyboard, we’ll take you and yours portablein the most beautiful coworking spaces in the world, awarded the Architizer A + Awards architecture prize.
Architizer handed out the A + Awards on June 7th. Every year, for the 10th year in a row, they reward the best architectural design projects in the world. Among its many categories – from industrial design, housing to museum through the best design companies – the company has awarded the most beautiful, most comfortable and best thought-out coworking spaces in the world. One may be surprised at the space of these spaces in the Architizer award. But since the pandemic, their numbers have exploded. In France alone, there are almost 2,300 according to the Ubiqdata index. It is a boom of 60% compared to 2019. And it is not only in France where they have gone like mushrooms. All over the world, these new spaces emerge and draw inspiration from well-functioning. This trend combines high-end environments, offices with archi licked designs and wellness spaces to do your yoga, for example. Enough to work without reproducing the flaws in the open space: too noisy, too close, too many neon lights and too many people.
A bioclimatic office in Vietnam
In this style, we start with The Vibes project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, which won the grand prize. The company Infinitive Architecture, which specializes in projects in South Asia, has focused on one bioclimatic spaceswith an interior open to the outside to respect the climate and natural ventilation.
In the heart of the vast Saigon (8 million inhabitants), these green surroundings offer rest and tranquility. “We designed this space with the goal of giving you the perfect place to work in a new post-pandemic normal,” the creators explain. To facilitate access to nature, the space is divided vertically into several levels of green areas. A wall of yellow mandevilla, a beautiful tropical wine with bell flowers, serves as an entrance.
The space asserts itself biophiles. That is, it aims to improve well-being and creativity. To do this, it incorporates soothing elements, such as natural lighting, amplified by calibrated LED lighting so as not to damage the view and mimic the circadian rhythm.
Outside, the water basin fills 1/5 of the garden space. It reflects light and provides a microclimate that protects against external heat. Not to mention the 200m2 suspended roof, which creates a shady area. In addition, a “bamboo skin” designed as a reed cladding was placed vertically to absorb heat, minimize lighting, air conditioning, and help improve the building’s energy intensity by reducing carbon emissions.
An oasis of wellness in Naples, Florida
The Vibes is not the only architectural project to win the Architizer A + Awards. Venture X, located in Naples in the state of Florida in the USA (yes) caught the eyes of the public. Supported by Studio +, the building was designed for creative people. “To inspire creativity, luxurious finishes or designer furniture are not enough: you also need to understand the psychology behind quality work,” says Studio X. To create the building, the creators therefore relied on their experience. . Car Venture X has already designed and built more than 50 installations worldwide.
Based on this good practice, the company has used several basic elements. The interior reflects, for example, the atmosphere of the coastal town, where the offices are located, decorated with numerous cactus plants. A gentle atmosphere aims to protect the mental and physical health of its residents by relieving stress.
Special mention for a coworking space for non-binary people
Among the 7 finalists, let’s also mention The Coven and Base4Work. Both won a special mention. The first defines itself as “coworking space for women and those who identify as non-binary”. The renovation of the historic 1,500 m2 facility in Saint Paul, Minnesota was led by architectural firm Studio BV, which specializes in community design. The dark space is mutated into a bright and warm work space, to create a sense of community and justice.
Historic details of the building have been restored, elements added to add character to the architectural design. Isolated niches give the place character and offer bubbles of rest. The design mantra is to connect and inspire members through soft textures and colors.
An old thermal power plant in Bratislava
Finally, the Perspectiv study ensured the transformation of Base4work. Located in Bratislava, Slovakia, this former thermal power plant by architect Dušan Jurkovič, who died in 1947, has finally reopened its doors after 3 years of work. In this unique historic environment, start-ups, freelancers and companies are connected. During the renovation, special emphasis has been placed on respecting the architect’s imprint and at the same time complementing the space to the users’ new needs. “We did not want to imitate the original work,” said architects Ján Antal and Barbora S. Babocká.
The new five-storey building therefore replaced the engine and turbine hall. Several elements of the heating plant have been preserved as a tribute to the industrial past. There is a total of 3,900 square meters of flexible work space available with a capacity of approximately 450 seats.
And if you can not find what you are looking for, you can always work at Google to take advantage of its meditation space.