The British Council for Offices (BCO) last November announced the winner of its NextGen ideas competition for young professionals at an awards dinner in central London – including Annabel and Laura, accompanied by Jennifer Barnes (Curator and Project Manager at Futurecity) and Amelia Maxwell (Finance and Commercial Manager at Lendlease).
Responding to a brief which asked competitors to consider ‘the office of 2035: what will it look like, and how will it support the way we will work?’, 88mph’s concept – ‘The Dynamo’ – re-imagines a typical Victorian terrace in London as the headquarters for a major energy company.
The concept preserves the existing façades while incorporating reconfigurable interior space and a rooftop garden with staff allotments, a performance space and a meditation garden. The back of the building is conceived as an ‘energy backpack’ with accessible services. The design envisages a future with increased transport connectivity throughout the UK resulting in a decentralised workforce. 88mph’s flexible concept allows the business to maintain a visible ‘front door’ in the capital while enabling and enhancing remote and freelance working.”
Ken Shuttleworth, Founding Director of Make Architects, BCO President and competition jury member, said:
“ I am delighted to announce that Annabel Koeck, Jennifer Barnes, Laura Hannigan and Amelia Maxwell have won the BCO NextGen ideas competition. Their inventive scheme captivated the judges. It goes beyond the analysis and presents an exciting vision of business, workspace, connectivity and technology in 2035. They are ‘ones to watch’ in the future. On behalf of the BCO I would like to congratulate them all.
Annabel and Laura will be presenting the proposal at the BCO Annual Conference in May this year (oh the excitement!)
Annabel + Laura + Jennifer + Amelia