Design trumps technology
At the heart of a Building of the Future is great design. Technology is the supporting act to design and one of the important tools that we use to achieve our aims, but it is great design that helps make optimal choices about technology solutions.
Designing Buildings of the Future will require a carefully considered balance between user experience and fit-for-purpose technology.
There are rising concerns that built-in technology will be out of date by the time it is constructed or, at least, by the time that a ten-year lease expires. To combat this, designing with flexibility in mind is key.
In future, we may see Buildings of the Future being mass-designed with flexibility in mind. Buildings of the Future will no longer be rigid structures that can’t change: by design, they will adapt and their spaces will be adaptable without significant building modifications. This could give rise to a greater degree of modular or off-site construction.