Before the modern day open-plan office was created in Germany, workers would usually sit down in regimental rows facing the front of the room, while senior staff had separate offices. After WWII employers rejected the Fascist work ideal (hierarchical, structured and mechanical) in favour of a more individualistic way of working – i.e. valuing each employee and facilitating creativity – and thus the open-plan office was born.
Desk pods and open spaces were designed to engage employees in spur-of the minute discussions, while encouraging juniors to mix with seniors in a buzzing, innovative atmosphere.
But did it really work out as well as designers hoped? BBC World Service reporter William Kremer says: “Proximity to our colleagues makes it easier to have a spontaneous…Read more