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Copernico Martesana: well-being and business trends.

A dynamic hub where well-being and business trends are well balanced, a flexible, hybrid and multifunctional workplace, core of an urban renovation process. The simple internal design of Copernico Martesana in Milan follows the main trends and needs of the new ways of working, like the biophilic design of the Oxygen Room and the home-feeling given by the Loft Office.

The Copernico Platform for Smart Working is constantly growing; following the successful experiences of Copernico Centrale, ClubHouse Brera , the workplace in Turin, and many others, the 6.500 sqm of the thirteenth Copernico hub in the north-eastern part of Milan.
“With Copernico Martesana we want to put our focus on the wellbeing of each worker becoming, at the same time, actors in the new economic processes that lead to new business opportunity”, Pietro Martani, Copernico’s CEO, says. “We want to anticipate the ever-evolving market and workers needs”.

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Copernico Martesana is designed by the firm Studio DC10, mixing different and connected environments as offices, meeting space, lounge area.

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Interior design is inspired by “genius loci” and the building of the ’70s was transformed in a vibrant environment featured by a cool, industrial design.

The centre of the project is the main cafeteria, a hybrid and informal meeting space, designed together by Bunker, Torricelli Associati and Weltgebraus to foster the culture of communication and interaction.

08-Copernico Martesana-hub-wow-webmagazineStudio DC10 has, also, added two environments completely dedicated to the wellbeing of the people: the Oxygen room, a green area where workers can find some rest form the daily stress,  the Loft Office, a comfortable place giving the sense of home-feeling and cosiness and an Art Gallery.

For the interiors, a neutral and neat design was chosen in order to help communication and to create a homogeneous workplace.
“The innovative system Copernico is made by three dimensions: space, connection, culture“, Pietro Martani concludes. “Copernico Martesana wants to become a benchmark in the area”, transmitting his features to an urban redeveloping area.
Text by Gabriele Masi.

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The role of light in IoT era.

The idea of flexibility and of a human-centered environment, with the IoT interaction, have become the trend also in the lighting design. “Lamps” are not made just for giving light, but are the core of technological infrastructures, data collectors and creators of atmospheres and environments. Some of the Artemide‘s new projects, presented at Euroluce 2017, can give us a hint about the future role of light in the IoT era.

Despite a general revival atmosphere recalling the 50s and 60s design, Euroluce 2017 has shown some example of the potentiality of light for the future office design.
The key concepts are almost the same than in the other design field: human-centred, flexibility and a two-way interaction that allow every object to collect data and to be controlled by a system.

A lighting spot can be used as a data transfer device or an internet connection point. This is the idea behind Light as Quanta, the Li-Fi project by Artemide. The system is based on an “optical wireless” connection that works through lighting impulses, instead of radio waves, only in the light cone of the lamp, giving better performances and safety.

In the years Artemide has also developed a project called “The Human Light”, designing products capable of creating real-time various and complex light scenarios through communication technology as Target Point, Artemide App and LOT Software. The concept behind the Human light is to create an environment that fits perfectly with the needs of whom are living in it, regulating the presence and the role of the light in the space. Emissions, movements, speed, colors are controlled via app by smartphone, using an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, enabling all kind of users of personalizing their experience.
Text by Gabriele Masi

1, Yang IoT, Carlotta de Bevilacqua, Artemide, 2017. A two-way communication system that allow to separately control the three lamps, using the LED technology to enable the user to choose the right scenario for different situations and needs.
2, A24, Carlotta de Bevilacqua, Artemide, 2017. A24 is a unique 24 mm thick that can be installed everywhere,  in the recessed, ceiling or suspension mode to continuously follow the angles on a flat or three-dimensional surface. A flexible framework for different Artemide’s products, diffused light, sharp optical units with three beam angles, or a smart magnetic track.
3-4, LoT-LoT software, Tapio Rosenius, Artemide 2016-2017. LoT is the first Artemide’s software based on the concept of interaction design. A serie of lighting tools that allows design professionals to reimagine, reveal, reinterpret and to modulate space through light.

Bluescape Haworth and Obscura: video.

Founded in 2012, Bluescape is a jointly owned collaboration between Haworth and Obscura Digital, it is an infinite and visual workplace cloud-based to accelerate collaboration.

Current business and technological solutions operate in silos that inhibit human connectivity and business growth. Bluescape is a cloud-based visual workplace solution that provides software and services that remove barriers and weave a connection between technological and psychosocial paths.
Bluescape’s digital ecosystem uses multi-touch screens and interface devices so anyone can contribute and collaborate, it supports the mobility and freedom of a distributive workforce and keeps them connecting and executing.

Prooff, SitTable, design by UNStudio, a thinking place as well as a social meeting ground. (Emporio, via Tortona 31).

OfficeTeam: Office of the future 2020

The information presented here by OfficeTeam provides a glimpse into the work world of tomorrow and is based on interviews with leading futurists, technology specialists and workplace experts. Findings from Office of the Future 2020 project show that administrative professionals will assume even greater responsibilities in the years ahead. On this site, you will find information on the pivotal roles tomorrow’s administrative staff will play and the skills needed for future success.

The future office will be increasingly mobile and flexible as companies swiftly assemble the resources necessary to meet changing business needs. Core teams will manage employees working from diverse locations — from home offices to temporary business spaces to cafés. A premium will be placed on staff members who possess a combination of technical and interpersonal skills, and can adapt quickly to change. Professionals who are able to create new products and services and identify more efficient ways to work will be among the most marketable as innovation continues to drive business.

Following are key findings indicating how the workplace is expected to evolve in the coming years:

1. Emerging technologies will allow a company’s staff to work off–site with greater ease. Geographic location will matter less as businesses shift human and material resources around the globe in response to market opportunities.

2. Increasingly, companies will depend on temporary, instant “plug and play” offices that can be established wherever needed — in commercial spaces that are fully wired and readily adaptable to the needs of business tenants, for example.

3.The concept of going to work will be redefined as employees use portable, wireless tools to communicate from any location. For business, investment in technology will be offset by substantial savings on traditional overhead expenses such as leases, property taxes and facilities maintenance.

4. Ubiquitous wireless connectivity will permit people to easily collaborate with their colleagues. Advanced electronic communication devices will eliminate traditional time, distance and language barriers, facilitating communication and preventing lags in production.

5. A greater number of people will telecommute to work. In fact, 87 percent of executives polled by OfficeTeam predict there will be increased telecommuting in the coming decade.

6.While technology will make employees more flexible, it doesn’t appear people will work fewer hours. 42% percent of executives surveyed by OfficeTeam said they believe employees will be working more hours in the next 10 to 15 years; only 9 percent anticipated working fewer hours. Likewise, 86 percent of respondents said employees will be expected to stay more connected with the office while on vacation.

7.The concept of “emotional intelligence” will grow in prominence. This phrase refers to those skills and abilities that enable people to interact well with those around them, respond to others’ needs and priorities, and adapt to a rapidly changing business environment.

8.Key skills.The most important skills and abilities for administrative professionals can be summed up with the acronym ACTION. This stands for Analysis, Collaboration, Technical aptitude, Intuition, Ongoing education and Negotiation.

To prepare for success, administrative professionals should focus on six key areas that form the acronym ACTION. They are:

Analysis: Encompasses “3-C Thinking.” Critical – Evaluating information and making recommendations based on an understanding of a company’s strategic objectives. Creative – Taking initiative to develop innovative solutions to challenges and problems. Connective – Perceiving links among people, data and ideas, and using these ties to work more effectively.

Collaboration: Quickly establishing rapport and facilitating team-building with people on-site and off. Managing relationships by accurately identifying and responding to preferred work styles and personality traits.

Technical aptitude: Using the most effective tools for a variety of tasks. Willingness to be an early adopter of new devices, researching the best technology solutions for an organization and training teams how to use them.

Intuition: Proactively identifying the best ways to provide support based on the goals and processes of the business, as well as the needs and work styles of colleagues.

Ongoing education: Actively seeking information sources and utilizing multiple modes of learning, from traditional classroom seminars to online workshops. Constantly expanding knowledge base, pursuing any subject that enhances productivity.

Negotiation: Using tact, diplomacy, empathy and business savvy to engage in productive discussions with vendors and employees that result in positive outcomes.

Take OfficeTeam quiz to measure your ACTION skills.

Photogallery captions:

1 Prooff, SitTable, design by UNStudio, a thinking place as well as a social meeting ground. (Emporio, via Tortona 31).

2 Babini, Wall Street, wall consolle with executive desk Manatta.

3 Babini, Fly, product platform that allows different configurations (2 tops, 3 basements,3 cablign solutions, 4 screen typologies).

4 OfficeCity (Gruppo Quadrifoglio) Z2, a strong appeal reception system that uses a front combination of matt melamine and lacquered.

5 Frezza, Cruise, operative system, by Giacobone + Roj, Progetto CMR, avanguarde design and high level performances.

6 Las Mobili, Flags, operative system, Orlandini Design.

7 USM, Kitos E new desk (Salone Ufficio)and its evergreen furniturefor every work environments (Spotti, viale Piave).

8 Desalto, Sail, television holder system, design Caronni Bonanomi.

9. Clic iPad Pond, di Diffusion Design an example of smart design furniture integrating high-tech devices. (Danish LivingRoom Salone del Mobile hall 10).

10 Bonaldo, Octa, 8-legs table by Bartoli Design.

11 Team 7, table Faye, Interior Innovation Award 2013 (at Spazio RivaViva, via Porro Lambertenghi).

12 Ligne Roset, Litho, a poetic approach to workplace, design Thibault Desombre.