There are less than two months before the opening of Orgatec; the most important exhibition in the Office sector will take place in Cologne from 25 to 29 October 2022, four years after the last edition and after the 2020 break imposed by the pandemic. Around 120,000 square meters of exhibition space and around 600 companies are planned, but rumors are circulating about the “great absences” of some historic companies (first of all Vitra).
Hybrid Office and Green Office will be the center of attention and it will be interesting to find out if and how the “New Visions of Work” have changed in the last two difficult years.
In addition to the exhibition area, Orgatec will offer talks, thematic exhibitions and visits to the fair led by architects conceived for colleagues and encourage an exchange of ideas between professionals.
The main attraction will be the special event Inspired Hybrid Office (Hall 8, in partnership with Zgoll) which on an area of 700 square meters will offer concrete visions of new models of an “office of the future” which also includes home working, a workplace towards which even the expectations of workers have changed.
Michael Zgoll, CEO of Zgoll explains “Instead of presenting abstract visions of the future, we’ll show how, through carefully thought-out concepts for the use of space and technology, direct communication and creative collaboration can thrive even in new working environments by adapting existing spaces and combining the latest technology in intelligent ways.”
Hybrid Working also means structural change due to digitalization and the new needs of workers. Transformations that require not only technical solutions, but also cultural changes.
Partner companies of the event such as Cisco, Samsung, Sony and Telekom will guarantee the most advanced technical standards and will provide insights and practical demonstration models.
The Inspired Hybrid Office Stage program will begin at 11 am on 25 October with a keynote speech followed by a round table on “Working in the new normal – the significance of AI and robotics in tomorrow’s world of work“.
In the afternoon of the same day, another round table organized by Women in Office Design (WOD) will illustrate how British architects and designers are facing the challenge of making office design more sustainable.