The future of office designPublished 02.05.19
As we head further into the 21st century, we’re seeing a constant yet significant shift in workplace design. In the 1990s and early 2000s, workplaces were home to one-size-fits-all offices that were fitted with rows of closed-off cubicles. Although this layout is undoubtedly beneficial for those who prefer to work in quiet, private environments, it does not consider others who thrive from working in an open environment. It’s also more difficult to work collaboratively with others, and whilst the boxed-style layout makes for a corporate and professional environment, it does lack the comfort of a modern home-inspired workplace.
The office of the future will see a shift to more dynamic designs, continuing to evolve into a flexible space that caters to a wide array of working styles. Workplaces are developing into spaces where employees can easily work both privately and collaboratively. Installing sound-proof booths and designated co-working spaces is a great way to start, and ensures that you’re providing spaces for teamwork, and for employees who need a quiet place to retreat. Office design is becoming more and more inspired by the home, incorporating ‘play’ areas, cosy areas and biophilic elements to encourage positivity, as well as mental and physical wellbeing. Many employers are choosing to install an on-site gym to promote physical health, or a games room to allow employees to relax and re-set for the rest of the day.
Introducing biophilic-inspired elements to the workplace is a common transformation that’s increasingly being seen across modern day workplaces. Their ability to absorb harmful toxins and boost mood makes plants a popular choice of natural décor. The current climate and concerns about climate change may be partially responsible for the following design prediction, which suggests that future offices will aim to become significantly more environmentally sustainable – and this will be a considerable deciding factor for young people when choosing a place to work. Natural elements have been shown to increase wellbeing by 13% – and employees who are healthy and motivated are highly likely to produce a higher standard of work. Biophilic design can be incorporated in the form of something as small as a few potted plants or some nature-inspired colours, or as integral as active water conservation, locally sourced food and the installation of renewable energy sources.
If you’re thinking of giving your workplace a makeover, ensure that you never steer from your true brand personality. This is the single, most important way to portray your visions as a company; so, if you’re thinking of shifting your workplace design to a more inclusive one that takes inspiration from biophilic design, make sure to keep your brand colours and name a focal part of the aesthetics.
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