From Pixar to Google; collaborative office spaces have become a phenomenon, a key cultural shift within the modern working world. The office Renaissance as it is whimsically referred to, is a rebirth of the traditional office – a rebellion against the uniform standards of a confined space restricted to a desk and a hierarchical system in which members of an organisation were assigned to a cubicle according to a top-heavy pecking order.
Although the exact genesis of this global shift is debatable, it is an idea believed to be born from the technology boom. From the humble beginnings of tech start-ups, these spaces fostered creativity, gave individuals the freedom of flexibility and nurtured their genius, around other geniuses. The idea of the collaborative shared office became a game-changing evolution towards those who thrived on the exchange of brilliance. These purposefully planned and expertly designed spaces catered to the needs of those whom required environments which reflected their desires to be productive and successful.
Thus, like any great movement, the collaborative work space progressively found its niche amongst the pioneers of our time and the driving forces of our economy; entrepreneurs, industry leaders, influencers and innovators.
Private business members clubs have further disrupted this influential shift, offering an elevated professional experience. According to the Harvard Business Review, the profile of leadership at a CEO level is concentrated with people who “love to operate in a world of ideas”. Leaders thrive with freedom and freedom drives innovation. A finely curated vision for the future, housed in luxury and steeped in status, the business members club is tailored for the international business leader; a destination for both work and play. When business becomes pleasure, interconnectedness also becomes a playground to build stronger relationships and access greater networks.
As cognitively superior beings, scientists have found that the human brain has a particularly large neocortex in comparison to other mammals of a similar size, meaning that we are indeed more deeply biologically hard-wired for social interaction, emotional connection and frequent, open communication with other like-minded individuals. The beauty of a collaborative work space thus becomes twofold; firstly providing a professional space for the high-level global leader who has a certain lifestyle and secondly; a space in which leaders can strengthen their social capital in a culture which gives them complete freedom to thrive: the perfected work-life balance.