Adapting to WFH post-pandemic
The majority of workers want to spend up to 3 days working from home.
And while it might be easier to convert a spare bedroom into a study – an emerging trend for larger detached houses – a communal coworking space can greatly support those who live in higher density settings such as apartments.
Today, there can be up to three times greater demand for working from home spaces than for conventional amenities such as gyms, outdoor entertainment areas and storage cages.
A shared working space for residents also offers greater utility than a typical home study space (and infinitely more when that space is a corner of a bedroom or the household dining table).
Workplace essentials such as industrial printers, scanners and a reliable internet connection can be shared among residents for improved efficiency and productivity. Improved airflow, acoustics, and lighting will enhance productivity and cognitive performance.
Purpose-built office furnishings provide ergonomic support and contribute to greater physical health for residents, as well as improved mental well-being through increased social encounters.
We investigated many of the benefits to the individual residents but think there are significant opportunities for the wider community as well.
Could apartment coworking be a space that encourages social engagement with one’s neighbours – not just the building residents but the local cafe, grocer and other small businesses within the 20-minute neighbourhood?