Buildings have always been designed for a particular use, whether it’s office, industrial, retail, or residential. But now, in a time where architects and developers are feeling the pressure to think outside the box and further into the future, a new use concept has emerged that some in the commercial real estate industry believe could become a new standard for building design.
The neutral-use building is a concept that has been floated by a handful of architecture and engineering firms and is essentially a building designed to be able to adapt to different uses over time. These buildings are also engineered to last much longer than traditional buildings, giving them plenty of time to reinvent themselves. The term has gotten a lot of attention lately thanks to a recently proposed a neutral-use building concept called the unTower, a donut-shaped skyscraper with systems and structural elements that can be adapted to