Ever been at your desk, annoyed by your co-workers, and thought "I wish I could have my own office?" What if that option were as easy as clicking the "Print" button on your computer?
"Print Screen" by Caio Barboza, Joseph Kennedy, and Natalie Kwee is a workplace architecture solution system that would allow users to print out new rooms on lightweight, soundproof paper as a means to make the contemporary office hyper-adaptable.
The project was selected as the winner of the Space Forward Ideas Competition, a call for ideas that seek new solutions for reimagining the workplace. So, what does this future space look like, sound like, and how will it challenge innovators to realize their goals? Print Screen aims to bring architecture closer to the speed of technology, integrating information and architecture.
It's a system of large-format, industrial printers that can integrate into the existing column grip of a structure. Individual needs are met by printing directly onto the walls of workspaces that can be customized and personalized to meet the demands of a quickly changing workplace. Conference rooms can become offices or event spaces by simply printing new walls.
The judges selected the proposal for its "analog-digital qualities of a flexible, wall system that can be adapted and customized for different work environments, which also considers the connection and potential interrelationship between a building's architecture and information."
Two runners-up were selected as well: a team of Ju-Hyun Kim and Euno Cho was recognized for “Working in the Park,” as was "Serendipity Engine" by Greg Lindsay and Katrina Szabo.
Working in the Park brings a natural environment into the workspace, creating a public and social dimension with sunlight and greenery. An app called Serendipity Engine combines tracking data and real space to promote social engagement and collaboration, not unlike smart-home products such as Nest and DARPA projects like Squad X.
So, three cheers to the team of Caio Barboza, Joseph Kennedy, and Natalie Kwee, who will receive a cash prize of $14,000, while the runner-ups receive $3,000 each. The jury consisted of Alex Iskold, Managing Director, TechStars New York City, Matthias Hollwich, founder of Architizer and professor at PennDesign, Glen Cummings, professor at Columbia GSAPP, Kyle Barker, Head of Architecture, WeWork, and Abigail Smith, Senior Strategist, CO OP Branding.
The competition was sponsored by 1407 Broadway, a new, forward-thinking workplace in a renovated loft building in Times Square South. A model of workplace design in the 21st century, it provides expansion space of full or partial floors at different intervals during a lease term, once tenants join the 1407 Broadway community.
“The goal of this competition was to capture the trend of transformation in today’s workspace environments and culture, and create new templates for designing and building successful work environments,” says Mitchell Hochberg, President of The Lightstone Group, which owns the building. “As a developer we want to meet clients’ space needs with appropriate and flexible office solutions that will appeal to today’s growing global companies. Engaging with the very people that will inhabit the workspace allows us to foster a spirit of creativity and collaboration as we reach for innovative solutions to satisfy a new tenant mix in many of our upcoming commercial office projects, starting with 1407 Broadway.”