FOPods Future Office Pods

A design for an existing building need not only consider green energy, advanced technologies and efficiency, but must also consider the future use of that buildings typology. If a buildings use changes within five years of an environmental upgrade the financial benefits of the upgrades diminish. This proposal not only attempts to create a minimal environmental footprint for the building as it now stands, but also predicts how the office building typology will change in the coming decades.
The future of the office space has the potential to drastically change; in fact some of these changes are already taking place. Many offices are becoming paperless with the increase in electronic communication and correspondence. As technology continues to increase the office is not only becoming paperless but also embedded into hand-held devices. The need for cubicle space and physical office space appears to be decreasing. Currently, the average area per person in a typical office space is approximately 75-100 sf. This proposal projects the square footage needs of the future are about 70-80 less per person or about 10-15sf. If this sounds outrageous walk into any Starbucks location to witness the amount of space an electro-nomadic worker actually occupies one small table supporting a laptop and an outlet 10-15sf. Briefly mentioned above is the mobility of the office. The majority of office workers could work anywhere they have access to internet and electricity. Hence, the FOPods proposal attempts to merge the future of office space mobility, decreased square footage needs coffee shop office typology with a rentable model Zipcar, and zero impact elements.
FOPods Future Office Pods proposes a series of multiple pods throughout the building which absorb the existing concrete structure, recycle it and repurpose it for cast concrete pods, which can be utilized as private or group collaboration zones. These collaboration zones pods would vary in size from small to large and would contain solar panels affixed to the top portion to collect energy, wherever feasible to power the pods. The remaining space in-between the pods becomes the mobile office space, where various entrepreneurs, business men and women, and the like could gather to work in a more social/shared space environment. This area would contain a series of ramped surfaces connecting solid platforms where occupants could gather, work and be visibly connected to numerous spaces and activities if they so desired to look up from the computer screen. The pods are strategically spaced with smaller pods on higher levels and larger pods on lower levels, allowing for light to penetrate to the deepest layer basement. The pods are also made of a semi-reflective material to bounce light further into the space in a non-glaring manner. All the necessary utilities are housed within the structure of the pod legs air circulation, water, sewage and electricity. The garage below grade would house electric cars and thus be open to the rest of the space as well as use stored energy to recharge occupants cars.


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1995 University Ave, Berkeley, California, 94704,