A Flexible Office Design by Christ & Gantenbein Signals an Uplifting Future

Audrey J. Powers
flexible office design

How can architecture offer an appealing alternative to digital modes of remote working? That is the question that Swiss firm Christ & Gantenbein asked itself when devising Roche’s new flexible office design, or “multi-functional workspace,” as the firm calls it, in Grenzach-Wyhlen, a German town near Basel.

An excellent example of a new generation of offices that respond to employees’ desire for open-plan workspaces, the project was set in motion before COVID-19 but was adapted and adjusted over the past two years in response to it.

“Forest circles” made of cork and filled with plants provide inspiring breakout areas for employees.

The project’s primary aim, says architect Emanuel Christ, was “to provide a space…

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