Bubble Offices by Coll Coll expresses a fun brand and support their employees by providing a variety of different working environments.
Is there an office interior design project in your near future? If you are opening a new office, expanding or renovating your existing space, we would like to share some important considerations that will help to make your project a success.
First and foremost, when considering interior design for any business type, there are a few points that should be taken into account in combination with what we are about to share today. These include functionality, brand identity, creativity and uniqueness, budget and schedule. We addressed these areas in a blog post earlier this year, check it out here. When talking office interior design specifically, there are a number of other points that require discussion with your interior designer at the onset of your project.
Open vs. Private Workspace
There has been a huge movement over the past 5-10 years towards collaborative workspaces where team members can effectively and easily work together on their projects in an organic and fluid way, and in a relatively small footprint.
Studies have shown that providing this type of workplace without the proper support spaces is killing productivity. Some people thrive in that busy, noisy environment. Others, introverts especially, are having a really hard time completing their day-to-day tasks as they just cannot concentrate over colleague’s conversations, phones ringing, people moving through the space; the distractions are endless. To learn more about how to design for introverts and extroverts, including very important information on acoustics, check out our previous posts on the subject.
WTL Design demonstrate their expertise in office design with JD.com Headquarters; brand specific, creative and look!, Small breakout rooms where people can hide away for a little privacy.
If moving toward this type of layout it is extremely important to provide private breakout spaces where individuals or teams can close themselves in, escape the buzz, read a document, make a private phone call, or have a quick meeting.
Variety of Working Environments
There is also a trend toward unassigned workspaces with a variety of furniture types to support a variety of activities. Lounge areas with smartboards for collaborative work, small breakout rooms for more private tasks or those requiring absolute concentration, desks for the head-down-get-work-done moments, etc. Allowing your team to work in an environment that best supports the task at hand is being encouraged throughout the office interior design world. Furniture manufacturers have stepped up to the plate and are offering amazing and innovative systems to back this trend that we expect will become the norm in office design.
Like a home away from home, VOA designed this great breakout room for Social Tables that has the comfortable feel of a living room.
Do you and your team members have the proper tools they needed to negate suffering from eye strain, carpal tunnel or back pain after hours of desk work? It is surprising to us how many office workers claim that either they do not need them or that their company will not provide them.
There are varying levels that you can take ergonomics in the office. Ideally we would like to see everyone working a desk job to be set up with an adjustable task chair, sit/stand desk, keyboard tray, monitor arm and task light. If $2000+ a workstation scares you, start small. At a minimum, each workstation should be equipped with a good quality chair with a number of adjustment options, keyboard tray and monitor arm; learn more about the importance of these items in a previous blog here.
Humanscale is an industry leader in all things ergonomics. We have many of their tools in our office and highly recommend them when looking for intelligently designed, high-quality options to make your workstation as comfortable as possible.
And think of these tools as an investment that will save and even make you money. An employee who is not suffering from sitting all day in a poorly outfitted workstation is much less likely to have physical ailments that result in time off of work and will be more productive as they won’t be distracted by all kinds of aches, pains and strains.
Storage and Organization
Providing sufficient storage within your office will give your employees ample opportunity to keep their space neat and tidy. We’ve all experienced those offices with stacks of files all over the place, various office supplies here and there… a bit of a mess.
Show your clients that you are organized and capable of handling their business (without misplacing important information!) by first ensuring the you have worked with your interior designer to plan in enough storage, and by ensuring your team uses it correctly.
Gensler designed their own Oakland office and included significant storage (we’re talking library amplitude) to support their requirements in a very organized way.
This one can be a hot topic… pun intended. While HVAC systems are outside of an interior designer’s realm, we would like to stress the importance of working with a mechanical engineer on your large office project to ensure the proper systems are in place. They will provide a design to appropriately address proximity to exterior windows, private offices vs. open work areas and the activities in specific areas that may require special consideration (ever have the smell of someone’s lunch take over the entire office?). Hire a professional to help get this right, it’s worth the investment.
» Are you planning an office interior design project? We can help. Contact Hatch Interior Design located in Kelowna, British Columbia – Because Good Design is Good Business™.