A factory to live in
Contemporary production space is not a matter of factory space any longer. Nowadays, the questions of production, work and creativity have to be faced from post-fordist perspective. Instead of huge spaces used for monotonous production processes along the assembly line, a place of scattered, non-material production is designed for cultural, social and technological activities.
The combination of residential and production space is an important element of that matter. The main goal is an attempt to create a space that stimulates social behaviours of the professionals. It is considered as an effect of changes happening in the production methods.
Warsaw is a metropolis which is aspiring to become a big center with supralocal significance. Unfortunately, like other metropolises, despite dynamic expansion and its complexity, Warsaw is developing into a ‚modern factory’ with its citizens becoming a new working class - immaterial producers. It is easier to understand bearing in mind the fact that capitalistic production is nothing but the production of services such as communication, education and culture that have evolved from manufacturing.
That is why the post-fordist approach has to create conditions where public life is no longer strongly separate from private one. A constant blending process creates a new communal zone where work, social activities and intimacy take place at the same time.
The building is designed for the society where telecommuting has created a situation in which employees do not commute to a central place of work and just do not require any workplaces to be made physically. This tendency can be mainly observed in the service sector, especially in its part in which the manipulation of information plays a major role. Nowadays it is possible to work even from one’s own bed. Production is no longer what we traditionally understand as physical activity. It appears in all activities connected with culture, media or education. Production is leaving factories and becoming part of municipal business centers and is connected with such phenomena as outsourcing, freelance, piece work, home working, etc. The production place is undergoing a process of deterritorialization and is becoming a virtual place being the coordinates of communication network. Unlike the former vertical industrial-corporate model, contemporary production is becoming a horizontal enterprise network.’