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Personal turf is ‘out,’ community workplaces are ‘in’ at the new Roche neighborhood

In the tech workplace of the future, cubicles and personal turf will be eliminated. “My” desk will be gone, replaced by a community workplace where you can grab the nearest free computer to work on your projects.

That’s the way that Roche Diagnostics did it on their rehabbed Indianapolis campus, as explained by the hometown newspaper.

It’s all designed to enhance the nature of collaborating in new office “neighborhoods,” which Roche invested $300 million to get.

“Collaboration in the new building has been astronomically different,” John Alcorn, business operations manager for corporate accounts at Roche Diagnostic, tells the Indianapolis Star. “We are in one space and we are encouraged to be right there next to one another.”

I’ve seen the same basic layout at the gleaming new offices for Denali in South San Francisco, and clearly the open office environment is all the rage in biopharma right now, where groups are expected to rub shoulders in order to spark new ideas.

The concept at Roche’s Indianapolis campus also includes the use of native prairie grasses in place of manicured lawns and it’s all completely powered through renewable energy sources.

This open office design gets a lot of attention, and a lot of sideline gripes from employees that like their own turf. But it’s clearly here to stay — for awhile at least.

Images via CannonDesign

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