To use the 2020 phrase, we are living in unprecedented times that have transformed the world of work. This begs the question of how office architecture will evolve to accommodate people’s shifting work schedules. As a result, we’re here to keep you up to date on the latest office design trends that take into account the new normal.
Design that is adaptable
Office architecture will have to become even more adaptive as the number of individuals using office spaces continues to fluctuate. To aid with sanitization and allow the freedom to change your floor layouts as needed, furniture should be lightweight, easily mobile, and reconfigurable. Meeting rooms must have enough capacity to accommodate a wide range of staff numbers.As new problems emerge that must be addressed, being adaptable is crucial. Employees may want unusual workplaces, floor designs, or translucent plastic panels; whatever the case may be, office design must be flexible enough to fit the user’s needs. If a user does not feel safe, they will avoid using the office space, which may have a negative impact on their mental health.
It’s all about safety.
Reducing density and cleaning alone are insufficient to assure worker safety, thus many businesses are coming up with creative solutions to keep their employees safe. The days of underutilized space are long gone, and every inch matters. Some innovators are going above and above the fundamentals, such as increasing sanitary spaces, utilizing personal computers only, reducing air conditioning usage, opening windows, and using open floor plans to enable greater airflow and clockwise circulation. Installing ultraviolet lamps in air conditioners to employ UV-C radiation to minimize airborne infectious illness transmission are examples of innovative ideas. Microfiber finishes, on the other hand, are simple to clean and maintain. For example, NanoSeptics uses skins and mats to turn dirty public touchpoints like doorknobs into self-cleaning surfaces. That’s a truly impressive argument!
The Hub Concept
With more individuals working from home than ever before, going to work must be appealing enough to be seen as a pleasure rather than a chore. This entails creating a more accessible and enjoyable ‘campus vibe’ in the office, complete with amenities, coffee stations, and attractive workspaces. With people being able to work from home and a decrease in the demand for workstations, offices must become a focal hub where employees can communicate and invent together. As individuals gather together to embrace the workplace experience, enjoy each other’s company, and savor the chance to see each other, sofas, coffee tables, and spacious meeting spaces will become even more vital.
That’s all there is to it…
While building workplace spaces that are suitable for use in a pandemic has many problems, it also presents a fantastic chance to be innovative in creating secure and welcoming environments for employees. The issue of creating an environment where people actively want to stay is a fantastic opportunity for some truly innovative thinking, and we can’t wait to see what comes up.