Designing tomorrow’s workplaces: A conversation with Zaha Hadid Architects

With shifting priorities post-pandemic and the transition to hybrid working, office occupancy is at an all-time low. What does the future of work look like, and how can we ‘reimagine’ workspaces that reflect our changing needs and minimise our impact on the planet?

In this episode, we are joined by Gerhild Orthacker (Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects) and Uli Blum (Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects) to explore the LFA2024 theme of ‘reimagine’ and to share with us the way that working patterns are shifting, and what the practice is doing to provide a workspace that meets the needs of their workforce.

The Alis Meeting Pod, mentioned in the conversation, is on display at Zaha Hadid Architects London Gallery until January 2024. More information on the practice, visiting, and Gerhild and Uli’s work can be found on the ZHA website here.

To find out more about #LFAat20 or how to get involved in the Festival, head to the LFA website here. Have a question for the podcast? Email or call 020 7636 4044.


Thanks to Zaha Hadid Architects for hosting Building Sounds for this recording.

Timestamps for this episode:

00:00 Introductions

02:04 Quick-fire questions

04:41 Intro to Alis Meeting Pods

07:52 Multi-functional design and adapting for the future

10:04 Working internationally and changes to ways of working post-pandemic

14:22 Lessons learnt and the future of workplace design

17:30 Working with clients and external projects

20:33 The role of AI in the design process

26:28 Final comments and where to find out more


This episode was produced and edited by Katya Spiers. You can find a transcript of the conversation using the link below:

Download the transcript here


Episode image: Luke Hayes