The conventions of commercial real estate and interior architecture have been disrupted for the foreseeable future. While some will draw six-foot circles around desks and quickly install partitions, we propose a reset to consider the unmet needs of the workforce. At Rapt Studio, we believe that the workplace of the future is an ecosystem of spatial and virtual tools that support the creativity, productivity, and wellbeing of the workforce. Moreover, we see this system being distributed, shapeshifting in the near and long term as new needs arise and evolve. Longer-term, we see the value of the workplace as its ability to bring us together, to connect us with each other and a shared culture and mission. No digital experience will be able to fully replicate that. But we also take a broader view, viewing the office as just one place in a series of spaces in which we will do our best work. The workplace, like the workforce, is everywhere. It\u2019s the caf\u00e9, the park, the library, the home office, all working in concert with a central HQ. We\u2019ve designed for these use cases \u2014 with adventurous clients \u2014 for some time now, but in a climate of increased remote work, these fringe cases are starting to take center stage. And because the pandemic has emotional and psychological effects on us all, and because quarantine has collapsed boundaries between our personal and professional lives, we believe it\u2019s imperative that we design for the whole person. So we ask, how can workplace design craft a better life for people, who happen to be working? The future of the office isn\u2019t so much a question of space as it is of people. So, for this Workspace Week, we developed several hypotheses that probe the question: how do we meaningfully support a distributed workforce? While working on our own can be an effective way to eliminate distraction, it\u2019s inherently less connected and can feel alienating. Where can we gather in person with our team to work and socialize? For now, we see small groups meeting in parks, obeying requirements around masks and social distancing. Can you imagine working in an office that made architecture history? Read about The Johnson Wax Headquarters in Racine (USA) by Frank Lloyd Wright. Working from home requires a structured set-up with the appropriate tech hardware and accessories. As with many of our clients who are six months into working from home, we\u2019re optimizing our set-up with the right accouterments, while looking to next-gen hardware \u2014 augmented and virtual realities \u2014 that can take remote collaboration to the next level. In addition to incorporating new hardware and accessories, we\u2019re examining the software tools we use and improving our relationship with them. How can they support project management, continued collaboration, and effortless communication? In many cases, we\u2019ve brought physical whiteboards, calendars, and inspiration boards to the cloud. The accessibility of wifi, along with these tools, allows us to bring our work anywhere. We\u2019re thinking about how we can transform places in the cityscape into places for work, and how experience design can help us improve the ability to be productive from anywhere. Because we can no longer feel the vibrant culture made possible by being in the office with colleagues, it\u2019s important to reimagine the old office perks in a new context. Beyond a stipend for a new desk chair, how can employers provide benefits that are both functionally and emotionally beneficial \u2014 and that are ultimately just plain fun? Why not sponsor at-home cooking classes, and have employees share kitchen prep over Zoom? Why not coordinate wine kits for real-time tastings over the internet? Sometimes just sketching together at breakfast is enough to bring folks closer, to take the isolation out of remote work. Because quarantine has collapsed boundaries between personal and professional lives, and because transitioning to this new way of living and working has surfaced new challenges, it\u2019s vital that we support the workforce in finding balance in their tech-dominated days. At Rapt, we\u2019re promoting a more flexible work schedule and advocating for time off-screen. How and where we work will keep shapeshifting: the workplace of the future will occupy an expanded field of operation, yes, but it must also foster a deepened level of connection. As we ideate and come up with fresh approaches to technical problems, we can\u2019t lose sight of the fundamental human needs at play: we have the opportunity to make employees \u2014 many of whom have been touched by crisis \u2014 to feel more themselves, both at work and at leisure. An employee who feels centered, and catered to as a whole human, will be more productive both professionally and personally, and perhaps most importantly, happier. Too many distractions at work? Your colleagues won\u2019t stop talking? We have a number of solutions for you: 5 apps to improve focus and boost your workflow. Thank us later.