Futuristic garden office design takes top national award

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A designing duo from the region are celebrating after picking up a national award for their visionary efforts.

Joe Wilson (27) from Mansfield Woodhouse, and Sean Cassidy (26) from Alfreton, spent three months on the open-plan office design in the ‘Workplace of the Future’ competition run by Metropolis design magazine in conjunction with Business interiors by Staples.

It was to encourage designers to produce an office that could become a reality in 10 or 15 years’ time.

Calling it ‘Organic Grid +’, it boasts pioneering ideas including translucent interior walls and furniture to maximise light and even ‘sky ‘gardens’, where food can be grown and harvested and where staff can relax.

Joe, who attended Manor School and studied at interior architecture and design at Nottingham Trent University, said: “It took around three month to come up with design, we spent many nights and weekends just discussing ideas and concepts. The hard work really began a month before the deadline.”

Their unique design was one of 10 to have been shortlisted, and took the top prize of $7,500.

“As cliché as it sounds, we were completely surprised and a still a little shocked,” said Joe after winning.

“When we set out we just wanted to create something that represented our personal design ideas and beliefs, we saw the competition a unique and exciting opportunity. “

A spokesman for Metropolis said: “It strikes that balance by allowing employees to customize all walls, desks, and meeting rooms to best suit their needs.

“Cassidy and Wilson’s scheme goes beyond mere aesthetics and function.

Referring to the sky gardens, they added: “These outlets would promote an active workplace and help reduce stress and noise, not to mention naturally cool the space.”