The future office

How will the perfect working space and future office look?
We all know how it feels to have tons of work to do, but no focus or energy to get it done. In a situation like that, a nice and quiet office can be a great way to get into your working mood, because it’s something that you can step out of again when you’ve finished working. It allows you to work when you have to work, and relax when you’re off.
Through time, the idea of what an office looks like has changed a lot and today, most people don’t even have one. Some people consider every comfortable chair or space as a proper office – just look at all the people working at Starbucks and other hip cafés. Other people work from home, which allows them to stay in bed all day!


In the article “Office Space Timeline: Past, Present and Future” you can take a look back at some of the previous decades’ office trends. You can also read Futurist Liselotte Lyngsø’s thoughts on what the future office is going to look like. Together with another futurist, Yesim Kunter, Liselotte points out future office-trends involving culture-, design- and attire.

Offices through the decades 

In this part of the article, a timeline from the past to the future illustrates office culture-, design- and attire along with how working per week and the amount of women in the workforce. The timeline begins in the 1950s and goes all the way to 2100!

The office of the future 

What will an office be like in 2030 & what will it look like in the 2100s century?

2030s: Influence of technology 

The cultural aspect of the 2030-office evolves around how we’re going to manage people both working from home and being digital nomads while still needing a space, where they can meet in real life.
The design is focussed on technology, sustainability and wellness. Offices will be designed based on the needs of every single individual and not one size fit all.

How are the working hours going to be distributed and how will women be considered?

“It is more likely that a woman is raised valuing empathy. While it’s difficult to feel empathetic towards a workforce of 200, it’s much easier for a workforce of 20. The progressive decentralisation of work will provide women with more opportunities to become leaders.”

-Liselotte Lyngsø

2100s: From high-tech to high-touch 

The fact that we’re already becoming digital nomads today and that the level of actual human interaction is becoming smaller and smaller will result in a gigantic need of intimacy later on.

Read the article and discover how this will have an influence on different aspects of the office of the 2100s.

Read the article on this link to the BBC radio program.