June 10, 2013
Product Lounge of Microsoft’s Briefing Center in Wallisellen, Switzerland. Designed by COASToffice. All photos: David Franck Photography
As interactive devices fill up more and more of our spaces, will architects design differently? Will they treat interiors the same or will a fresh approach be required?
It’s coming sooner than you think. Just recently the University of Washington reported that it could use a WiFi signal to recognize hand gestures made anywhere in a house, meaning you could control your household electronics with a flick of the wrist. We’re already seeing an explosion of sensors and touch surfaces (not to mention personal visual devices) coming to the market. Much like television supplanting radio and the fireplace, these devices may cause subtle but significant changes to how we use spaces. Consequently, will how you use your tablet and motion sensor drive how your home or office is designed?
So when we heard that Microsoft had recently completed a new Briefing Center in Switzerland replete with interactive Kinect and Surface products, our interest was certainly piqued. See what architects at COASToffice have designed for Microsoft after the jump!