Many managers believe that overworking is an evidence of dedication from their employees’ side. Still few others interpret this custom as a threat to the workers’ work-life balance (which by default may negatively influence the level of productivity and efficiency).
To discourage its employees from staying late at the office, Amsterdam-based design studio Heldergroen has constructed a creative and innovative workspace where the desks simply disappear after 6 pm.
Heldergroen’s office during day.
During the day, the wooden tables (made by old telephone poles) rest on wheeled cabinets.
After hours the tables are towed by large industrial motors to the ceiling and all the office furniture on wheels hidden. Only computers, stationary and paperwork are left in their exact positions for the morning.
When the clock strikes six in just few moments the floor remains available for employees to use it however they like as long as it’s not work related. The space can host exhibitions, courses, yoga or dance classes, and not the least some good parties.
The Heldergroen ‘s office design was conceptualised by Bright Green and built by Zecc Architects.
I believe the concept of the ‘disappearing office’ is very cool because it simply forces people to improve their time management as well as to find creative or useful ways to spend their free time. For example I wonder if it is helpful to those who have a problem with doing regular exercise. You can’t make too many excuses when the gym is literally in the same place as your workspace.
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