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“9²” by Gül Koc-Janssen, Kerem Bostan, Surabhi Nigam, Leticia Brown: First prize winner of the Office 2021 Design Challenge. All images: Beekeepers.


The Office 2021 Design Challenge has released the winning and shortlisted entries

Organized by Bee Breeders in partnership with Archhive Books, this was the first in a series of annual competitions, in which participants are tasked with exploring workplace design. The dossier responds to the “new normals” of working life brought by the pandemic and ever-changing modes of communication and connectivity, including cloud-based software, video conferencing, email and social media.

As the contest organizers stated: “Fixed office space and the need for physical proximity to colleagues or clients have been challenged and, in some sectors, eliminated altogether. How does the architecture respond to such tests on the physical environment? How can design be used as a tool to improve a worker’s well-being and productivity? »

Entrants answered these questions and were judged by a judging panel that included David Kubik, a New York-based partner at BKSK Architecture; Dr. Juriaan van Meel, co-founder of BriefBuilder, expert in the field of architectural briefing and workplace design, and author; and Simon Siegel, partner at Turett Collaborative Architects.

The first prize was awarded to Gül Koc-Janssen, Kerem Bostan, Surabhi Nigam and Leticia Brown of Munich-based Gül Koc Gmbh interior design construction services for “9²”.




'9²' by Gül Koc-Janssen, Kerem Bostan, Surabhi Nigam, Leticia Brown.

“9²” by Gül Koc-Janssen, Kerem Bostan, Surabhi Nigam, Leticia Brown.


'9²' by Gül Koc-Janssen, Kerem Bostan, Surabhi Nigam, Leticia Brown.

“9²” by Gül Koc-Janssen, Kerem Bostan, Surabhi Nigam, Leticia Brown.

Project description: “9² is a community-run coworking space located along the old Munich S-Bahn, originally built for the 1972 Olympics. Members of this proposed community have access to the coworking space, while a partnered farmers’ market along a pedestrian bridge above serves as a source of income for vendors.

Jury comment: “The concept is sleek, attractive and contemporary. It is highly likely to attract office workers to the office. This proposal positively reorients an Olympic Village transit station for coworking and creating a community and, like the Olympics, seeks to bring people together by encouraging community engagement.This shows how we can reinvent traditional notions of place to design something more dynamic and less rigidly defined.

Second prize and the BB Green Award went to UK-based Gareth Cotter and Maria Mera Vera for “Moss Trees”.


'Moss Trees' by Gareth Cotter and Maria Mera Vera.

“Moss Trees” by Gareth Cotter and Maria Mera Vera.


'Moss Trees' by Gareth Cotter and Maria Mera Vera.

“Moss Trees” by Gareth Cotter and Maria Mera Vera.

Project description: “Moss Tree aims to develop a form of architecture that contributes positively to the city and its inhabitants via a flexible modular design that can be adapted to various brownfield sites. The tree-like hexagonal forms act like ‘green offices’, using moss to filter urban air and create little forests for social interaction.”

Jury Comment: “This proposal effectively takes the idea of ​​an open green space that is typically provided as a public park or gathering place, and transforms it into a coworking environment on brownfield sites. With this proposal, the concept of public green parks can become the environment of reinvented working communities.”

The project “Trampo: hybrid offices in the favelas” by a Brazilian team composed of Julia Stopasolla Copat, Rafael Magno de Moraes, João Carlos Bernardino Júnior and Débora Mendes Nunes Jank won third prize.


“Trampo: hybrid offices in the favelas” by Julia Stopasolla Copat, Rafael Magno De Moraes, João Carlos Bernardino Júnior and Débora Mendes Nunes Jank.


“Trampo: hybrid offices in the favelas” by Julia Stopasolla Copat, Rafael Magno De Moraes, João Carlos Bernardino Júnior and Débora Mendes Nunes Jank.

Project description: “Moss Tree aims to develop a form of architecture that contributes positively to the city and its inhabitants via a flexible modular design that can be adapted to various brownfield sites. The tree-like hexagonal forms act like ‘green offices’, using moss to filter urban air and create little forests for social interaction.”

Jury Comment: “This proposal effectively takes the idea of ​​an open green space that is typically provided as a public park or gathering place, and transforms it into a coworking environment on brownfield sites. With this proposal, the concept of public green parks can become the environment of reinvented working communities.”

The BB Student Award is held by Ayse Eda Tarakci of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) for “Home Office”.


“Home Office” by Ayse Eda Tarakci.


“Home Office” by Ayse Eda Tarakci.

More information on the winning projects, as well as honorable mentions from the competition and shortlisted entries, can be viewed here.








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