Today's workplaces are more than just environments 'in which we work'; they are centres of learning, social hubs, even health and wellness improvement facilities. They are places that are designed to augment our skills; placing us in a constant culture of improvement so we get the best out of ourselves, our colleagues, and the businesses we work for.
It makes perfect sense to lend an office design to all this; after all, most of us will spend upwards of 8 hours a day at work. Work has a massive impact on our lives, even when we're outside of the building.
The key is to create an environment that is comfortable, engaging, and inspiring; somewhere that employees want to work, rather than dread to. It needs to be somewhere that people feel a part of, unpressured yet challenged. That they're able to work as part of a collective, individually, or even call in from afar.