Carlo Ratti reveals Office 3.0 workspace that promises to end "thermostat wars"

Thursday, 14 June, 2018

 

Italian architect Carlo Ratti has transformed a Turin building into an office space with a personalised "environmental bubble" for every worker.

Office 3.0 – first previewed in plans in the middle of last year – is the new headquarters for the Agnelli Foundation cultural institution in Turin, Italy.

Ratti's firm, Carlo Ratti Associati, renovated the foundation's 20th-century home in the neighbourhood of San Salvario to turn it into a contemporary office that is part of the Internet of Things, with a thermostat that automatically adjusts to its employees' wishes.

Office 3.0's heating and cooling – as well as its lighting – can all be personalised to individual preferences, creating a little environmental bubble for each worker that then "follows" them from room to room.