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Funky offices: Reflections on office design in the ‘new economy’

Juriaan van Meel (Delft University of Technology, Department of Real Estate & Project Management, PO Box 5043, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands; Tel: +31 15 2786846; Fax: +31 15 2783171; e‐mail:
Paul Vos (Centre for People and Buildings, Delft University of Technology, Berlageweg 1, 2628CR Delft, The Netherlands; Tel: +31 15 2781114; e‐mail:

Journal of Corporate Real Estate

ISSN: 1463-001X

Article publication date: 1 October 2001



This paper discusses office design in the ‘new economy’. Office buildings of companies seem to be dominated by colourful materials, luxurious facilities such as gyms or lounge areas and gimmicks such as jukeboxes and pool tables. Employees ‘float’ around in these offices wherever and whenever they want. Such work environments seem very attractive and productive. Still, the meaning and relevance of such ‘fun offices’ can be questioned. In this paper the authors try to explain where this informal and casual office style comes from, relating it to labour market developments and changes in organisational culture. Secondly, they discuss the merits of ‘fun’ office design. How does it affect people’s creativity, their ideas about work and the distinction between work and private life?



van Meel, J. and Vos, P. (2001), "Funky offices: Reflections on office design in the ‘new economy’", Journal of Corporate Real Estate, Vol. 3 No. 4, pp. 322-334.




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