LOCAL Houston | The City Guide July 2017 - Page 50

WORKING TOWARD THE FUTURE Last month, LOCAL Houston magazine was on hand as the office space of the future – DesignHive by BROOKFIELD – was revealed at 1600 Smith St. (Longtime Houstonians will remember this building as the former Continental Airlines Center). DESIGNHIVE REIMAGINES THE OFFICE Relaxation rooms. A combo barista/receptionista area. Communal workspaces. Soundproof curtains. Even classic video game machines. Yep, they’re all there. And more. By Tim Moloney | Photography by Peter Molick This innovative spec suite design project features the ideas of GENSLER, INVENTURE DESIGN, ROTTET STUDIO and ZIEGLER COOPER. Brookfield challenged these four award-winning firms to design four unique and trend-setting suites – ranging from 2,800sf to 4,200sf – in order to meet the ever-changing needs of modern space users, as well as bring to focus the flexibility and collaboration that can be achieved in a high-rise environment. INVENTURE DESIGN GENSLER a quite nook 50 LO C AL | july 17 social area july 17 | L O C A L 51