What the Future of Working at Home May Look Like
With flexible and remote working options set to become even more popular than they already are, the Wall Street Journal decided to offer some predictions about how the future of working from home is going to look.
The publication highlights that more than half of organizations registered in the US are now based from home; yet so few residential properties are equipped to accommodate business use, as most are designed only to be living spaces.
Finding the balance between these two conflicting uses of a space can result in a lack of efficiency. But throughout the world, innovative structures are being designed that resolve some of the biggest issues facing home-based businesses, and could set a standard for homes - and workplaces - of the future.
One example of such a structure is the Veld van Klanken (Field of Sounds) development in the Netherlands. Designed to solve the problem of disturbing the neighbours - a common concern for those running a business from home - the site features 30 music studios buried beneath a large central mound of grass, soundproofing the activity inside. Surrounding the workspace are two-storey homes, while the hill provides a communal space for musicians to meet and children to play.
Another example is the Batle Studio development in San Francisco, US. You may think it wouldn't be possible to integrate a manufacturing business into a home, but that's just what entrepreneur Agelio Batle and his wife Delia have managed to achieve. The small business creates graphite art objects so the building combines a studio, showroom, workshops and an office on the ground floor; and a domestic space for the family upstairs. However, the two spaces are fluid and employees can use the home if they need some private time, just as the couple's children can work on art projects downstairs at the end of the working day.
Innovative concepts such as these show that the nature of work as we know it is changing, with the divide between home and the office becoming increasingly blurred.