Podcast: AS+P CEO Axel Bienhaus on the Office of the Future

23.04.2021

We are currently right in the middle of a pandemic, the impact of which has left its mark on the office market. The JUNG architecture team is inviting the sector’s brainstormers and thought leaders to a dialogue, here discussing with AS+P’s Managing Partner Axel Bienhaus the topical question of the opportunities he can see in this crisis.

As Bienhaus understands it in the interview, simply mapping out workplaces can no longer be the reason for constructing an office building. After all, as the current crisis has demonstrated, the possibility of mobile working has been become more pronounced through the pandemic and been accelerated by it, meaning that architects and urban planners alike need to rethink how to use office workspaces when planning office buildings. The office of the future will be changing – a trend that began to become apparent long ago. Falling prices for surface area have left their mark on the office market and it is too soon to calculate the pandemic’s long-term impact.

AS+P has been carefully tracking the office market for many years now and has already thought up and implemented a large number of different concepts. Ever larger slices of our person-to-person communications are shifting to electronic channels – with the exchange of information via social media and the opportunities offered by the smartphone having, among a great deal of benefits, also resulted in some people being able to move in a “bubble” in which they communicate exclusively with their peers. It is important to take account of this, when planning not only offices, but also the cities of the future, by creating reasons, rooms, situations in which people can meet informally and spontaneously. AS+P provides built examples of this, with such edifices as its award-winning MHK European headquarters and the recently completed corporate head office for HeidelbergCement. To the podcast