It’s our job to keep up with design/build trends so we were captivated by the headline, The Green Office is no Office at All in JLL Boston’s Blog. We expected a critique of green workplace design, instead we found a brief op-ed about the benefits of moving out of a “real” office and into a virtual one. Interesting, considering that the piece was written by the Executive Vice President of one of the world’s largest real estate companies…but we digress.

We’re all for green workplace design – and we agree that modern workplace designs should be significantly different from office spaces of yore – but to say that it’s a good idea to give office spaces up altogether is a bit extreme. If we all gave up our office spaces there would be millions of square feet of abandoned office spaces across the United States. That doesn’t seem like a very smart plan.

Abandoned building_office space

Transforming abandoned buildings into usable office space. Source: openideo.com

Then again, perhaps those spaces could be converted into micro-housing units like the ones being built here in Boston, which we have covered in the past. But, wait! If people are living in micro-housing units, they hardly have room for the home office space they need to work comfortably and efficiently. That would create a need for new office spaces, which brings us right back to square one.

micro apartment in the city

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Mr. Best; while we wholeheartedly support green office spaces, and modified workplace design to accommodate a more mobile workforce, we think a better balance will need to be struck.

Would you like to strike the right balance to meet your modern workforce’s needs? Contact Leslie Saul & Associates Architecture and Interiors to get the ball rolling.