Harmoney of the Hustle: Productive Space, Human Experience, and the Balance Between Partitioned and Opened Environment



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In the workplace, history has had a peculiar instance of repeating itself, reflecting shifting ideologies of how offices should be organized. This research investigation explores the impact of workspaces on productivity and human well-being through various methods of partitioning space. Studies conducted by Gensler, one of the largest architecture firms in the world, and Oxford Economics show evidence that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution to organizing a workspace and that workspace design has a direct effect on an employee’s morale and ability to work diligently. The research included investigation into historical precedents including an US Copyright Office in Washington DC, an Intel Campus in Hong Kong, and a new and controversial Apple Campus in Silicon Valley, change over time, and varied configurations for partitioning productive spaces. After the investigation was pursued, spatial application was concluded to strike a balance between partitioned and coworking spaces.