Trends in Office Design: The Open Office, 1923


Greg at Workalicious notes that back in the day they had "open office, team building, things have come so far, and yet not at all..!"

I think there are other features worth noting as well:


  • the worker bees get the windows
  • the ceiling is high to let light and air penetrate more deeply
  • there is no suspended ceiling to capture dust, no hidden spaces
  • there is no carpet to capture dust
  • there are clerestory windows to allow second hand light into interior spaces
  • they are packed in tight, using fewer resources per person.


Read more in TreeHugger on how old design ideas make sense again:
LEED Renovations: What's Old is New Again
Landmarks Not Landfill: Prism Glass

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