This design is for a 30's era office building downtown converted to mixed use with hotel as management; featuring residential suites on upper levels hotel suites mid-way down then office floors, then retail mall and hotel service functions - all with hotel services.
The Coworking Challenge
On the typical office floor, hotel provides reception waiting, coffee room, copy center and supply room for all tenants in common which is included in the annual rent.
As workplace fragments to he internet; the office spaces are converted to FLEX SPACE suites each of which is a series of various sized rooms around a BULL PEN which can be rented by the hour, day or week or whatever; with the hotel setting up furniture to suit your team's needs for that time; with the hotel still providing the reception waiting and support services as the office floor. It is based on the idea of conference where a groups meets; defines the task, and breaks out into working groups to perform parts of that task; then reconvening as needed. Hotel might serve lunch in the bull space or in function space elsewhere in the hotel or individuals may go off to dining spaces as they desire. Groups meet for as long as that particular task may take. Some may be a standard Tuesday meeting of a company and some may be for months where the company brings in workers for a particular task from all over the world; with the members living in the hotel for their duration of activity.
All walls would be interactive touch screen medial - members would plug in their smart phones and the walls would come alive with the work at hand; creating virtual environments as needed. 3D printers operated by the hotel will generate stuff of the work.
The whole concept of reprogrammable space means that the entire building approaches the full 168 hours in the week as useable, instead of the 40 hours as single use.
Furniture might simply consist of roll around comfortable conference type arm chairs with a plug in for smart phone and fold down writing board with built-in keyboard. Maybe the central round table in the bull pen rises our of the floor or drops down from the ceiling.