Paper is an ingenious invention that – hyperbolically speaking – gave rise to bureaucracy. Two thousand years after this invention, it is time to switch to a “paperless office.” In modern offices, all paper can be replaced with its digital equivalent. Well, almost all – it is not recommended to replace toilet paper with virtual!
Apple has new campus headquarters – huge, cir cular, four-storied headquarters resembling a spaceship. Is the building really from another planet or is Apple once again br eaking away from the mainstream and setting new trends?
Elevators are the blood-vessels of modern office buildings. They are becoming ever more important as buildings are getting higher and higher. The number of buildings over 200 meters has tripled since 2000. But elevators do not have to be some tin containers suspended on ropes and hidden somewhere in a building. The lobby of the Radisson Blue Hotel in Berlin has a 25-metre-high AquaDom, the world’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium. Inside you can find a 2-storied glass elevator, more than 1,500 tropical fish and 1 million liters of salt water.
The firm founded in 2001 boasts on its website that it “dresses buildings from the inside.” Modern offices designed by U1 have already housed around 30,000 employees, including hundreds of employees of the IBM affiliate in the CR and the new research center AVG Technologies. U1 also designs its own office furniture line called Only1 and its other divisions specialize in interior lighting. This year the firm, which is located in Brno, opened its showroom in Prague (see photos below). In case of a fire, what is the one thing that Executive Director Jaromír Popek would save? “I would leave everything there, but I would grab the first colleague who did not realize that it was time to look away from the monitor. Things can be replaced, only data must be protected since they do not have legs to run!”
This year, Microsoft revealed a new version of a “window” into the future - two enclosed treehouses built in the forest next to its campus in Redmond, Washington. “The first thing you notice when you walk into the space is that everyone is really quiet. You stop talking and are just present,” said Bret Boulter from Real Estate & Facilities at Microsoft.
This summer, the German elevator manufacturer ThyssenKrupp introduced MULTI, a revolutionary elevator prototype that goes not only up and down but also sideways. This makes it possible for several elevators to move in one elevator shaft at the same time. The very first MULTI will be installed in Berlin by 2020.