13 August 2012

The Modern Cubicle

Written by Published in Architecture

If you have the type of job that has you working eight hours a day, staring at a computer screen in the middle of a small grey drab cubicle, it might be hard to stir up inspiration and ward off head nodding and boredom. With Americans working an average of 49 hours or more a week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one would think that the type of desk space one sits behind is an important component to work productivity

Eco-friendly Architect Michael Jantzen has created a solution to the work cubicle problem with his new self-customised and completely green E-Space office desk. The office space is made from organic fabric, sustainably grown wood and curved wooden surfaces covered in rolls of individually customised fabric.

Throughout the years, Jantzen has been on the cutting edge of designing artistically modern eco-friendly buildings that combine art and technology. His interest in exploring alternative energy systems in architecture led him to create several digital projects such as solar-powered vineyards, houses made of silo roofs and an interactive digital theme park called Elements. With a continued interest in developing alternative human shelter systems, Jantzen founded the non-profit Human Shelter Research Institute Organization.

His latest E-Space design allows the worker to design their own cubicle according to their own personal style with the ability to adjust its form and size. The structure is multi-purposeful, as it can be disassembled and converted into a multitude of shapes allowing for a variety of work spaces.

Invented by Robert Prospst in 1968, the work cubicle was initially intended as a way to improve and upsurge productivity, however, he later condemned his creation, as the cubicles became more and more like barred enclosures. Instead of increasing productivity they began to slow it down, as well as affect people’s health and levels of happiness.

On smartplanet.com, Jantzen (pictured) gives a glimpse into his process saying, “My work goes back and forth from looking at things from a practical standpoint: cost efficient, energy efficient. Then since my background is in the arts, I’m not trained as an architect; I often play with the arts side of things.”

Although there’s nothing that beats ocean mist and a window view, having a cubicle made out of a fabric that looks like the ocean can inspire ones imagination and create felicitous feeling while filing and surfing the web.

For more information on Michael's work please go to www.michaeljantzen.com


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