Smart buildings have been on the business radar for a while now – a natural progression from the world of smart technology, smart buildings have been crucial in the progression of workspace design, with a particular focus on saving money and keeping the environmental impact and energy usage to as low a level as possible.
As technology continues to advance, it makes sense that those advances may be applied to existing concepts. This is where the smart building, as we know it, is growing – and becoming cognitive.
The cognitive building design
A cognitive building is one step further than a smart building. By cognitive, we mean intellectual processes, that can boost the potential of a building, making it able to create the perfect environment for any business. Cognitive buildings can do this without input; they can learn preferences and predict needs before we may even realise we need them!
The question is, why do we need cognitive buildings if we have smart buildings?
We know that smart buildings have been extremely successful in bringing down costs and energy levels for many businesses, most notably The Edge in Amsterdam, which houses Deloitte, amongst other tenants.
The cognitive building targets the experience of the workplace, enabling it to be an immersive space, and creating a connection between teams and departments. The idea is to combine all the benefits of a smart building, with a stronger collaborative environment, hopefully resulting in happier and more productive employees.
The future of work
As we move towards 2020, the cognitive building aligns with the idea of the new workplace: a space where rules are relaxed in favour of the individual employee taking ownership of their schedule and responsibilities, and where creativity is king.
The cognitive building can provide a tailored experience in the way a smart building cannot.
This certainly helps to achieve the elusive peak productivity level for any workplace.
Not only do cognitive buildings help improve the office surroundings, but this can in turn help to attract and retain important talent. By having a cognitive building that supports more agile ways of working, the employee experience is enhanced – thus meaning that a business is able to appeal to higher quality talent.
While totally cognitive buildings may seem far off in the future – after all, it’s not exactly easy to completely re-fit a workspace to be completely cognitive, from 2018 and beyond, aspects of cognitive buildings are expected to show up regularly in our workspace technology and design. By preparing for the 2018 workplace trend of cognitive and smarter buildings now, we’ll all be better prepared when they roll out as standard. The future looks bright, and smart, for the typical office.