I’m under the impression that London’s architectural landmarks (going by the London Eye, the Erotic Gherkin, City Hall) are getting way more curvaceous (I’m wilfully ignoring the Shard). This, combined with my own extensive experience of inhabiting confined space has convinced me of the inevitablility of circular spaces – or round rooms.
Here’s the arc of my argument.
A big problem with optimising small is fitting everything in and it only takes a little reflection to literally corner the issue. A corner stops you putting the desk alongside the bookcase and, for the sake of a couple of inches, you are forced to waste a couple of feet. This is why kitchens often wind up as elongated galleys: they postpone the dreaded right-angle. The shorter the walls relative to the furniture the stricter the constraints and the greater the resultant waste.
Not only that, but corners are easily blocked, difficult to reach and generally gather crap. This is why I look forward to a glorious future where corners have been aptly banished to the corner themselves, rooms with only one wall become the norm and orthogonal becomes a dirty word.
Of course, there are minor considerations to be resolved first. Not least among which is the question of curvature. A fixed radius is implied. For the straightforward office cubicle, one metre radius may be the new A4. Office chairs could comfortably give you 300 degrees of nearly 22m of reachable desk area. Arranging these cubicles for easy access has interesting creative possibilities which you might like to sketch out yourself.