July 3, 2011

International survey of workplace design in a book titled Total Office Design

Total Office Design: 50 Contemporary Workplaces 

Featuring 50 cutting-edge projects from around the world, this international survey of workplace design is an great resource for architects and designers facing the challenge of creating innovative workplaces and also for students in architecture and design. Abundantly illustrated, Total Office Design includes over 480 detailed illustrations, including plans and high-quality photography. The book, compiled and written by design journalists from OnOffice magazine, Kerstin Zumstein and Helen Parton, will be published in UK by Thames & Hudson in August 2011.

The book is organized into three colour-coded sections for ease of use. Part 1 showcases low-cost workplaces created for small companies. Part 2 is a collection of medium-sized projects, all of which place a strong emphasis on environmental sensitivity and getting the most from a restricted budget. Part 3 is a selection of offices designed for large companies; here too the aim is to be as eco-friendly as possible, as well as to provide spaces that promote productivity, creativity and enhanced interaction between employees. 

The projects in each section are located across the globe. From Selgas Cano’s semi-subterranean, tubular office in a forest near Madrid, to the ‘living skin’ of Harmonia 57 in São Paolo, each project proves that workplaces needn’t be boring, expensive or harmful to the environment.

The authors: Kerstin Zumstein is an editor and journalist specializing in design, architecture and travel. She launched the leading office interior monthly magazine onoffice in 2006. Helen Parton is a London-based design journalist and former features editor of onoffice magazine who specializes in design, interiors and the built environment. 

Total Office Design
50 Contemporary Workplaces
By Kerstin Zumstein and Helen Parton
Published by Thames & Hudson
Publication date: August 2011
489 illustrations, 423 in colour
23.0 x 21.0cm - 320pp
PLC (with jacket) - £24.95

Thames & Hudson 
London, UK