Hackable Buildings

You may be familiar with hacking computers, but what about hacking buildings? A hackable building is one thatís been adapted or modified to be almost unrecognizable from its original form. Architecture firm Gensler first coined the phrase “hackable buildings” and became a case study for this exciting new concept.

Gensler’s Los Angeles headquarters was transformed from a banking hall into a dynamic, social workplace. The team organized the space around a central communicating stair by hanging an entire floor to create a second floor. They cut a large hole in the upper most floor to promote inter floor collaboration, and added a skylight with operable windows to fill the space with natural daylight.

Single purpose office building suddenly seem outdated. Hackable buildings caters to increased worker mobility through technology advancements while the speed to market helps keep costs down for employers. Hackable buildings are also sustainable. Trashing existing buildings to build a new one from scratch requires transportation, materials and manpower. But preserving and repurposing an existing building is energy and resource efficient.

We hope to see this trend of hackable building making its way across the world. For more information visit future360.tv

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Warren Webber
Warren Webber2 years ago

Live long and prosper

Monica D.
M D2 years ago

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Thank you for sharing this

Dani C.
Dani C3 years ago


JL A3 years ago

Seems like it would be the approach for some historic preservations, too

Donna Ferguson
Donna F3 years ago


june t.
june t3 years ago

Agree with heather g. the term "hackable" is misleading. I thought it had something to do with computer hacking as in heather's comments.

Peggy A.
Peggy A3 years ago


Aileen P.
Aileen P3 years ago

Thank you.

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage s3 years ago


GGma Sheila D.
GGmaSheila D3 years ago

Interesting idea...not certain I'd like to work in this one though.