NAIOP Office Building of the Future Design Competition Presentations

The innovative concept plans from NAIOP's inaugural Office Building of the Future design competition are available, featuring winners Gensler, Hickcok Cole, The Miller Hull Partnership and Pickard Chilton.

Gensler – Gensler’s concept is a “hackable” building that they define as “an existing structure that has been updated beyond recognition and that incorporates a diverse mix of multiple uses within a building.” See the Gensler presentation (video).

Hickok Cole Architects – According to Hickok Cole Architects’ winning submission, “No one is tied to a desk and there are ample opportunities for diverse work environments, such as lounge work areas, communal tables, benching areas, hive configurations, individual work stations, and shared office amenities.” See the Hickock Cole presentation.

The Miller Hull Partnership – The Miller Hull Partnership’s b(HIVE) concept represents “a building that becomes a part of an agile, adaptable business machine, somewhere between a hands-on community and the raw edge of technology.” See The Miller Hull Partnership presentation.

Pickard Chilton – Pickard Chilton’s approach identifies three distinct principles. 1) Human qualities; 2) Business objectives; 3) Sustainability. See the Pickard Chilton presentation.

About the Competition
The Office Building of the Future submissions detailed each firm’s vision and concept plan for utilization trends, sustainability and new building technologies. Also included were accompanying site plan views and perspective sketches that highlighted future building features, materials, technology and trends, and hard cost budget estimates. 

The winners presented their concept plans at Development ’12: The Annual Meeting for Commercial Real Estate during the morning general session on October 24, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

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Kathryn Hamilton