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January 28, 2009
Originally published in Around the World
The conventional version of the
open-plan office is now regarded as a failure.
Vitra's world headquarters, designed by the Bouroullec brothers, are made to adapt, with expandable suspended screens and a raised open desk system.
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Vitra's world headquarters, designed by the Bouroullec brothers, are made to adapt, with expandable suspended screens and a raised open desk system.

It was introduced prematurely, before technological networks played such a major role. Lighting, acoustics, and climate management were not satisfactorily resolved. Consequently, the goal of almost every employee was to move up—-and out of the bullpen—-as fast as possible. The private office became an object of prestige.

With today’s technology, it is possible for people to work from home. We 
now come to the office for teamwork. Open spatial structures and fewer walls promote this new arrangement.

When we do need to withdraw, we don’t need a private office, just acoustic and visual isolation. Having this option supports productivity, motivation, 
and creativity, and makes the office more humane. It is essential to provide 
a workspace where employees can 
develop their full potential.

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