Apparently the building is the future of office spaces, it knows where you live, what car you drive, who you’re meeting with today and how much sugar you take in your coffee.
The building has it's own smartphone application and with it you're always connected, the app checks your schedule and the building recognises your car when you arrive and directs you to an available parking spot.
At the Edge all workspaces are unassigned and the app schedules your location to your tasks and decides whether to assign you a sitting desk, standing desk, work booth, meeting room, balcony seat, or “concentration room.” The app also knows your preferences for light and temperature, and will tweak the environment accordingly.
According to British rating agency BREEAM, the Edge is the greenest building in the world giving it the highest sustainability score ever awarded: 98.4 percent. The building and concept centres on IT to shape the way we work and the spaces in which we do it. It’s about resource efficiency in the traditional sense but it’s also about the best use of the people.
The fifteen-story atrium is the centre of the Edge with mesh panels between each floor lets stale office air rise and exit through the roof - natural ventilation. The atrium's iconic slanted roof floods the workspaces with daylight and works as a sound buffer.
Around 2,500 Deloitte workers share 1,000 desks, using the concept of hot desking as an efficient use of space as well as encouraging new relationships and increasing chance interactions. Some rooms at the Edge contain simply a lounge chair and a lamp — perfect for phone calls, there are also game rooms, coffee bars with flatscreens around every corner that can be synced wirelessly with any phone or laptop.
Edge employees don't have assigned desks, they find a locker with a green light, flash their badge, and set up base. Employees are discouraged from keeping a single locker for days or weeks, because the ideology is to move away from fixed locations and rigid ways of thinking.
The building has over 28,00 sensor, collecting gigabytes of data on how the Edge and its employees interact. Central dashboards track everything from energy use to when the coffee machines need to be refilled. On days when fewer employees are expected, an entire section might even be shut down, cutting the costs of heating, cooling, lighting, and cleaning.
The smartphone app is the passport to the Edge. Employees us it to find colleagues, adjust the heating, or even order groceries and a bag of fresh ingredients will await you when the workday is over. All desks have built-in wireless chargers so you never have to worry about your phone dying or leaving your charger at home.
Aside from the panels on the roof, the Edge's southern wall is a checkerboard of solar panels and windows. Thick concrete helps regulate heat, and deeply recessed windows reduce the need for shades. The building as a whole uses 70 percent less electricity than the typical office building.