Office Interior Design: An Ever-Evolving Concept
Offices are a place of creation, innovation, and inspiration. It should support creative thinking, problem-solving, and communication. Office interior design should take into account the user’s needs and wants in order to provide a productive space for all employees.
Our modern and technical lifestyles sometimes blur the line between work and personal life. With each new generation entering the workforce, expectations on the workspace are higher and more exigent. Take the Google offices for example; with putting greens, sleeping pods, and revolving bookcases, they have created a joyful and extraordinary workspace.
While it may seem silly (and a little extreme in some cases) their offices have been planned out with corridors, activities, and colours to boost productivity and collaboration. Each workspace has been thought out to enrich the experience of the user, therefore transcending traditional considerations for practicality.
An office that has an activity-centric design will enhance collaboration. Employees nowadays look for responsive spaces that are inspiring, intuitive, and not to mention, amenity-rich. Studies have shown that workspaces that encourage collaborative thinking, found that productivity increased by as much as 15%. Businesses should focus on how they are nourishing their teams, and growing the strong, rich foundations upon which, any globally successful company is based on; which can also be done through interior design.
Important Elements of Office Design
There are many important elements to consider in office interior design, however, a few essentials we must consider are furniture and layout, amenities or common areas, as well as lighting.
Areas to consider when creating an office space include a reception, kitchen, meeting rooms, collaboration areas as well as concentration areas. With furniture, it’s also important to consider what items to place in different areas of usage; for example, sofas and small tables for a breakout area where employees can collaborate but also adjustable, ergonomic furniture for desks and chairs where employees will be spending most of their time. Finally, lighting is essential to any well-functioning office. This may include different types of ceiling lighting whilst also considering natural daylight.
Dynamic movement and light stimulate creativity, thinking, and concentration, which directly affect productivity.
Standard Office Layouts
The layout is an essential office interior design factor, with a key role in determining how employees will perform their tasks. Firstly, we must consider the purpose of the office and what the needs of the employees are therefore guiding all planning objectives.
There will always be some who advocate a return to traditional or cubicle-based workplaces, however, these days we have many types of office layouts developed to specifically support different work styles and company needs.
Some key office layout styles are as follows:
Traditional office interior layout comprised of individual separated offices, permanent or semi-permanent. This style of office usually features a more open reception area for receiving and transferring customers. It may include cubicle offices which is a layout crossover between a traditional interior and an open office plan. Partition walls on three sides form a box-shaped cubicle, making a more cost-efficient and space-savvy solution to creating quiet/private workspaces without the need for building walls. These, however, are more common in law and accounting offices in today’s market.
A low partition office is the next, lighter version of the cubicle layout which allows more interaction. The same concept of small partition walls is applied; however, they typically only reach a height of around 30cm-40cm from the desk. It may include built-in meeting rooms or private management offices. The idea behind the partition is that it allows for a more private space without compromising on open space.
Open plan office is sometimes considered a ‘team-based office’ layout where employees are split out by their teams. This is where you will see, for example, sales, marketing, and e-commerce broke out into their own areas while maintaining an open plan workspace which is optimal for collaboration. It often features some individual workstations and collaboration spaces or breakout areas, reducing the need for meeting rooms. The open floor plan allows for easy expansion, contact, and reconfiguration.
The hybrid office is one of the modern interior design solutions, presenting a combination of different office style elements. It allows the creation of specific, flexible environments based on the company’s needs. Innovative new office systems support the versatility and organizational advantages of this layout. Modern offices often sway toward open-plan layouts with glass walls or doors. They also promote more transparency, encourage collaboration, teamwork, and, in turn, comradery. While smart solutions allow for glass walls to open and close spaces and meeting rooms.
As the working concept and world evolved, office design has followed. First came coffee counters, followed by coffee lounges while modern office design expanded this concept to include various socializing and collaboration elements, such as gaming rooms, privacy rooms, and focus areas.
Well Designed Office Spaces and Why Us?
As interior designers, we thrive on finding new and innovative ways of delivering well thought out, well designed, and highly functional spaces that offer functionality and beauty in every element. As design languages and client/environmental requirements are continually evolving we are constantly developing and refining our solutions.
At the first stage of design, once we have received a brief from the client, our design team will start with spatial planning. Without giving away all of our secrets, we will often sit in small teams and brainstorm the best way to organise an area to maximise the space, taking into consideration the ‘bones’ of the building and how this will influence the design. This is the first and most fundamental part of the design process as it will guide the floorplan design.
Once we have a layout, we will then start picking out textures and colours to use for furnishing and finishings. We take into account beauty and practicality in equal measure. A well-designed space will consider the daily usage and how durable each of the materials used would be and over what period of time.
Once the conceptual design is finalised, we begin to develop renders for clients who want to see their design come to life. Finally, we sit through design review meetings with members from all different departments to critique and improve the design. Once we have tweaked the design to perfection, we are ready to deliver to the client.
Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you improve your office space. No matter the size of the project, Mirabello Interiors is here for you.