International design and innovation office Carlo Ratti Associati has completed the transformation of the Agnelli Foundation’s landmark 20th century
building in Turin into an ‘Office 3.0’ – an app-controlled environment that offers a glimpse of the workplace of the future.
By leveraging Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, the renovated headquarters of the foundation (named after Fiat founder Giovanni Agnelli) has become a building that is able to adapt in real time to its users’ needs. The century-old edifice is equipped with hundreds of sensors that monitor different sets of data, including the location of the building’s occupants, temperature, CO2 concentration, and the availability of meeting rooms. By interacting with the building management system (BMS) via a smartphone app, each person can customise his or her workspace experience in a streamlined fashion.
Among its multiple features, the app might put an end to the so-called ‘thermostat wars’ in the workplace. Once an occupant sets his or her preferred temperature and illumination settings, the BMS responds accordingly, adjusting the levels of lighting, heating, and airconditioning.
The system can follow occupants as they move around the building, creating a personalised “environmental bubble.”