Student Winners Design Future Workplace
The office hasn’t always been known as a beacon of great design (think fluorescent-lit cube farms), but if the winning entries in this year’s Workplace of the Future Scholarship Contest are any indication, the next generation of offices is in good hands.
Sponsored by Benjamin Moore & Co. and the American Society of Interior Designers Foundation, the Workplace of the Future contest encouraged students to picture the workplace in about five to 10 years.
The winners are: Emily Manasc, of Savannah College of Art and Design; Tess Messina, of Ringling College of Art and Design; and Heather Sutherland, of the University of Texas at Austin.
The Winning Designs
Manasc’s entry focused on human-centered design; her design features four wings, including a “focus” area, a collaborative space, a dining area and an interior garden. “My concept for this design was the distinction between separation and segmentation,” she explains. “I decided to create a space with no fixed elements, therefore there are no walls separating the space.”
Messina’s main idea was “restoring imagination in employees,” creating space for workers to collaborate and brainstorm. “My goal is to remind employees of their childhood fun before the time of technology, when all you needed was imagination,” Messina says. Her plans also specify locations for one- and two-hour fire-rated walls.
Sutherland's "co-lab" features a striking “large gem meeting space,” a sort of dome within the open space.
Sutherland’s focus was personality-based design and functionality. Her plan includes a library, a “social hub” and a “co-lab.” The latter features a striking “large gem meeting space,” a sort of dome within the open space.
She describes the office space as “a place that allows workers of all activity levels, work types and extraversion levels to find a place to get work done.” She notes that “each zone uses different lighting, materials and acoustics to achieve the optimum level of work.”
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges who looked at overall presentation, conceptual creativity and design competency, according to Benjamin Moore.
The judges included: Veronica Arcaroli, Benjamin Moore's Senior Manager, Architect and Designer segment; Priscilla Ghaznavi, Color and Design Director at Benjamin Moore; and Natalie Grasso, senior editor at Work Design Magazine.
Each winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship.