Fresh Look at Workspaces
Technology and ergonomics have simplified office design, solved problems of physical connectivity, and have reduced the size and weight of office hardware
Aditya Yamsanwar, Director, Team One Architects
To design is to create a new and better reality. Designing an office space is not just about visual impact, but also pertains to employee health, comfort, flexibility and ease of use. An office space is designed to make employee's life congenial.However, lack of rigorous planning and thorough execution can turn the space planning into a lengthy, expensive, and utterly exhausting process.
Modern designers today have quite a few challenges on their hands as there has been a huge movement over the past 5-10 years. The hardest part is to reach the conclusion that there isn't any generic, "one-size-fits-all" solution, especially when it comes to the increasingly mobile, tech-savvy employees.
Breakthrough ideas emerge from understanding the needs of the people and the company's requirements. Technology and ergonomics have simplified office design, solved problems of physical connectivity, and have reduced the size and weight of office hardware.
Office Design Considerations
Delivering a design that is informed, purposeful, innovative and compelling means encouraging the workforce to higher productivity, greater creativity and innovation along with a positive work culture.
Important points that shape the environment include bringing the outdoor in - Nature is playing a significant role in modern designing; multipurpose workspaces with simple sit & stand workstations; lounge areas with smart boards for collaborative work; and office organized by colors to boost productivity and creativity.
It's the end of permanent layouts as flexible modular components can be mixed, stacked and moved around, for a dynamic and collaborative workplace. Natural light is invigorating, and cuts down use of artificial lights. There should be sufficient storage to keep spaces neat and tidy.
Break out spaces add life to the working environment, as do recreational areas to give employees a little downtime. Large shared tables are making an appearance. The community table is a symbol of kinship which is becoming an important part of the work environment. Other add-on spaces could be a medical/wellness room, collaborative areas, private phone booths, interactive panels, a coffee bar, library, culture wall, soundproof snooze pods, and step seating, modern gathering/training rooms.