Located in Boston’s Marine Industrial Park, there is a space (HQ headquarters) is the space where ideas and projects are shaped into reality: its from Design Museum Boston creators to artists, bicycle artisans and more. A total of 25,000 square feet space looking like a pristine canvas, ready to be painted. In fact, being a former “military warehouse,” the building still proudly shows its industrial heritage: a unique structural grid able to support each story independently in case of necessity.
Investing in a good idea, as well as developing one, requires a good space. When the environment we live in is, in fact, responsible for our health and happiness as much as eating a good meal or enjoying the company of a good friend.
The headquarters has great potential yet it’s still a very raw and “pristine” space, as much as its nearest surroundings. How can an artist paint in a space far from any natural light source?! Shared-spaces are becoming more and more a trend, mainly because they offer good positions/spaces for reasonable prices but, are they healthy?
At this point it is important to clarify that the social benefits of shared-offices are not being discussed; it’s their space, or better, design that is herby being questioned. Healthy living is, in fact, as important as taking vitamins (if you do) or generally staying healthy; and should paradoxically be required by health insurance plans. This “cafeteria for entrepreneurs only” is fun at a first glance but doesn’t necessarily enhance productivity. Again, socializing or branching out is definitely promoted; which probably explains why so many “tenants” end up working while wearing “cancelling-noise-gadgets”.
In the “cloud” era we are turning our offices into portable “devices”; how healthy and feasible is this? The cloud surely archives a large quantity of files (therefore reducing the stress caused by potential-data-loss), meanwhile the immediacy of “i-pen” and “i-paper” (pen/pencil and common paper) is hard to overcome. Prints are also not to be forgotten. How shall we carry all those things when an office is simply a an empty void desk? Where does the comfort of sitting at your own desk go? Where to locate family and friends pictures, colorful pens and pencils and all the little things that people usually use to make a working place more homey?
One of the few “balanced” examples of shared-space is in Cambridge, MA and is likely known as ONE Broadway. The big-corporation-look and feeling still seems to prevail but in a more fun suit. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, a visit is strongly suggested.
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