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 , 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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Hip new office offices are incorporating more common work areas with lots of meeting spaces, couches and coffee tables for impromptu discussions, and plenty of power outlets for laptops. These spaces are thought to encourage creative types and designers, who need lots of space for their ideas and collaboration, and with telecommuters often working from home and only needing to come to work for meetings, there is really less need for individual offices that take up valuable real estate and consume power. It’s not like we need bookshelves and filing cabinets anymore, since we’ve all gone paperless, right?

5th Studio’s Creative Exchange works to solve the office conundrum with large and flexible meeting rooms that foster collaboration. Designed as a meeting place for creative workers, as many as 14 different companies could operate within its doors. The first floor works for meetings, exhibits and other events, while the second and third floor have shared offices, common areas and private work spaces. A rooftop garden with solar panels also encourages camaraderie and interaction outside, and the office building is set within a beautiful outdoor space, with lots of trees.

Exposed concrete walls were used to add thermal mass to the solar passive design, while a natural ventilation system reduces cooling needs. There are many windows to let light in to reduce the use of artificial lighting. The solar panels help power the building, while the rooftop garden reduces heat gain.

The open and flexible design of this office is sure to encourage some creative thinking – it almost makes us wish we went in to the office more often…

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