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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Single purpose office building suddenly seem outdated.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

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9:50PM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

Live long and prosper

6:31PM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Reduce, reuse, recycle. Thank you for sharing this

9:46AM PDT on Oct 11, 2013


8:57AM PDT on Oct 3, 2013

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

8:10PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013


9:47PM PDT on Sep 15, 2013

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

8:53AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013


3:48AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Thank you.

3:29AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013


7:02PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

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

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