Gallery: Workspace of the Future: Cambridge’s Creative Exchange


These days cubicles are so passé, and we’re starting to seem some inspired green workplaces that encourage creativity and interaction. 5th Studio in Cambridge has designed and built the Creative Exchange, a shared workspace complex with some great sustainable credentials. The building features a small footprint, excellent active and passive solar systems, and a flexible interior that makes great use of natural light. Large communal areas allow people to come and go more freely, and provide more opportunity for meetings, interaction, and well, chances for creative exchanges.

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  1. nofelix January 24, 2009 at 10:31 am

    angie717 –

    Because 90 degree angles are efficient? It’s easy to fit furniture in right angled corners, Cladding materials and flooring systems are made rectilinear, as are many other things.

    If you could save a lot of energy/material by using different shapes I’m sure they would have done it. If they were using different materials (like earth filled tires) that don’t work better with 90 degree angles then fine, criticize away. But it’s not a bad thing to use cubes just because they’re simple.

    Then again, if you made something that looks more than superficially like this in your first semester then maybe you’re a genius and know more than I.

  2. angie717 January 22, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I get that this building is “green” and uses solar energy, and I think that’s great. We should use more of this technology in our buildings. However, why do architects and designers that build “green” and modern buildings seem to be obsessed with 90 degree angles and cubes? This somewhat resembles my final project from my first semester of architecture…which isn’t a compliment.

  3. chrisp68 January 21, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Please tell me this is not the future. This is so far from eco friendly, if not just a monstrosity to look at! Looks like a beach house on stilts gone bad.

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