With interpretations appearing in the marketplace in a multitude of ways, there’s no hiding the fact that flexible workspaces are here to stay. The ability to provide multi-functional offices and buildings has become an appealing option for both tenants and owners alike.

Take for example the very new Queen & Collins Building in Melbourne’s CBD. A project that leaves the traditional behind and replaces it with dynamic workspaces that offer ‘a completely new model of workplace amenity.’ Built over three towers, this is a new paradigm for interior design and functionality.

What Queen & Collins does, and is increasingly becoming the new standard, is offer a collection of spaces with bookable facilities for meetings and special events. Part of this is to introduce extensive communal areas that not only service the business community, but blend into semi-public areas, encouraging curiosity, activity and engagement. In layman terms, it’s open when you need, private when you don’t, but always connected, whether that be to the community at large or to staff and colleagues upstairs.

Thinking this way – and solutions such as these – have no doubt been borne out of post-pandemic necessity; a way to entice staff and employees back to the office with home-like comforts and conveniences. As a result, architects and designers have found ways to attract and encourage the return in ways unimaginable even 5 years ago. In what would have been several rooms purpose built to serve a single function or business type, one or two rooms can now represent an entire office and a plethora of businesses.

Both functional and design savvy multi-functional offices elements can bring a space to life. Tiered seating can slide away or welcome whole teams, while curtains or sliding walls can encourage teamwork or provide privacy at a moment’s notice. Instant scalability is also a boon. Reconfigurable in any way the tenant choses, spaces such as these are quickly becoming the industry norm as landlords begin to understand the appeal and the possibility of engaging more sectors and businesses simply by providing flexible workspaces with terms to match.

Of course, any modern space worth its salt wouldn’t be complete without integrated tech and collaborative hardware/software. Much like the spaces themselves, owners and landlords have understood that if they are to attract clients and tenants to their properties in this post-pandemic era, the inclusion of functional, collaborative and integrated technology in their buildings is essential. Turning walls into screens at the drop of a hat – or flick of a switch – means greater efficiency and better engagement, but perhaps more importantly to owners, happier clients and longer tenancies.

McCormack has been engaged with several, significant, flexible workspace projects, including the Queen & Collins development. Each has been brought to life by premium upgrades and striking design, transforming buildings and offices into anything but their pre-pandemic selves.

Bringing creativity and hope into spaces once thought lost to time has given rise to new networks, communities and hubs. Demand for flexible workspaces has increased significantly, breathing life into old buildings and thinking alike.

What’s not to like about that?