What kind of offices are we headed for? What will be the future workspace? What kinds of projects are happening now? On November 17th, Madrid and Barcelona hosted two of Spain’s leading events in Architecture and Facility Management: ”IFMA Spain Workplace Summit” and ”Grandes Proyectos de Arquitectura”, respectively. OFITA was present, sharing with the public the results of the “More Than One” study, on the evolution and use of the workspace.


At ”Grandes Proyectos de Arquitectura”, organized by ”Grupo Vía”, Martín López, commercial director of OFITA, highlighted the role of collaborative office spaces in spaces 3.0, compared to traditional models. “60% of the workspace is reserved for shared spaces, 30% for individual work (only 15% are assigned posts), and 10% are reserved for confidentiality or concentration areas but not assigned to a person”.

ofita_conferenciaDuring the day, top-tier architectural firms shared some of their latest projects. Daniel Isern (Daniel Isern Associats) analyzed the transformation made in the former building of Barcelona Incasòl to make it the new hotel Ohla Eixample. Pol Femenias (FEM Architectura) showed the keys of the new socio-cultural facilities being built in Alella including the theater, multi-purpose hall and two schools. Francisco de Paz (GCA Architects) reported the two different strategies used for Mango to manage a logistics warehouse in Lliçà de Munt. Since Labaula, the architects Bernat Hernández and Francesc Brugarolas have exhibited different works as part of their collaborative approach and citizen participation. Octavio Mestre (Octavio Mestre Arquiitectos) showed part of the work in progress in the commercial field, such as the extension of the Gran Jonquera. Eduard Permanyer (TDA Architectura) presented the work accomplished for Iberdrola Inmobiliaria in Porta Firal, a complex building and its urban environment.

On the international level, José Zabala explained the work they are carrying out from Addenda Architects for the new Bauhaus Museum in the German city Dessau. For her part, Elena Nedelcu, from Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, shows us the two stations that are developing in Naples and Clichy-Montferneil. Finally, Ramon Ausió (Pascual-Ausió Arquitectes) presented the work done for the new Camp Nou of FC Barcelona.

The reinvention of the workspace at the ‘’Workplace Summit’’ in Madrid

ofita_conferencia01Jonatan Molina, director of OFITA in Madrid, was on hand to present the results of ”More Than One” at the ‘’Workplace Summit’’ in Madrid, organized by IFMA Spain.

Under the slogan “Innovation, flexibility and more productive work environments”, the conference also relied on quality speakers: Elena Sanchez Rodriguez, specialist in change management, talent and digital processing, Rafa de Ramon de Utopicus, Juan Gasca, founder and CEO of Thinkers Co, Victoria Castelló, facilities manager of Google Spain and Portugal and Pilar Villegas, director of Great Place to Work Spain.

All agreed that many organizations have been involved in a transformation in their environment and working methods. The causes of all this: generational changes, new technologies, office furniture that is increasingly adapted to the best ergonomic conditions and an infinite number of aspects that make the workplace a space that must reinvent itself all the time. These changes must be made in a specific way, as the culture and activity of each of the societies in which they occur.