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Workplace Design Trends Lasting Design Trends & Their Impact On The Workplace

Workplace Design Trends - Lasting Design Trends & Their Impact On The Workplace

The concept of great workplace design was never a static one. Our understanding of design principles is in a state of constant evolution, just like the disposition of each generation that steps up to occupy the space at any given time.

However, there are always two major components which differentiate a great office space from a good one.

1) Objective improvements that unequivocally improve the mental and physical wellbeing of every person occupying the said space.

2) Subjective design elements that cater to individual needs, thus actively promoting self-expression and actualization.

With both these factors accounted for, organisations can design a workspace that not only boosts employee retention and productivity, but also stands as a physical representation of their value system.

 

Accounting for comfort

With one’s senses being continuously affected by their surrounding environment, it is up to good workplace design to create an atmosphere that fosters a sense of comfort and wellbeing for everyone. These tweaks come in the form of larger design elements that affect the entire office space.

 

  • Indoor climate: A person’s comfort level heavily depends on ambient factors such as temperature, humidity, and air purity. In order to create the perfect indoor environment, the design must account for how climate is regulated within a given space. 

 

  • Noise levels: Each job function produces a certain level of ambient noise through both employee interactions and background machinery. It is crucial for a well designed workspace to isolate the noise wherever necessary, and use specific design geometry and materials in order to provide acoustic comfort to each employee.

 

  • Health hazard mitigation: Utilising proper filtration to minimise the presence of air pollutants, making dust prone spaces easy to clean, accounting for moulds and allergen formation, etc., all fall under the umbrella of design elements that go a long way towards creating a healthy workspace. 

Gartner’s fully-tech-enabled workplace controls automated blinds to regulate light, optimises temperature based on occupancy, monitors indoor air quality and even displays nutritional values of food being served in the cafeteria, to maintain a comfortable, healthy work environment for all employees. 

These solutions are not meant to revolutionise how work is conducted. Instead, these are put in place to make sure that basic health, hygiene & comfort levels are maintained for the organisation’s commitment to ensure employee well-being. Once these basic requirements are met, companies can look to further expand their design philosophies and truly customise their workspaces.

 

Effective trends

Thorough market research and accountability for organisation’s specification of their dream workplace becomes imperative when conceptualising and eventually implementing on a project. Therefore, Space Matrix strives to build workplaces by tapping into every nook, every resource and specification to create an immersive, impactful and intuitive workplace. By doing so, Space Matrix sets trends and aims to make every new workplace the best.

This is how we ensure that every project accommodates all aspects of a flourishing workplace:

 

1) Blended designs: Each job function in a given organisation has different requirements when it comes to utilisation of space. While some might require open collaborative environments, others need quiet, contemplative isolation. This is why blended designs that account for every workstyle are the need of the hour.
Bank Of Singapore’s workplace in Hong Kong balances the need for teamwork & individual work, by offering each team a “neighbourhood” of spaces ranging from open areas for collaboration, to private rooms for concentration.

 

2) Agile spaces: With the timeframe between each technological boom getting shorter and shorter each year, it is almost impossible to predict how job functions will evolve in the near future. This is why adaptable spaces that can easily integrate new technologies, and be shifted around to accommodate new workstyles, are indispensable for the modern workplace.

Omnicom’s workplace encourages collaboration and interaction by easily converting modular workspaces into ‘neighbourhoods’ which can easily unify all user groups, even with different types of collaborative set-up. The flexibility of changeable functional spaces instantly promotes unity that caters all user group’s needs. 

 

3) Wellness First!: As work environments continuously become more competitive and fast paced, the strain on the mental and physical health of each worker also sees a significant rise. This is why design considerations such as privacy pods, quiet zones, green areas, and employee lounges are more important than ever.

Beta Lab’s WELL-Certified workplace meets 14 parameters to ensure employee wellbeing, including biophilic wall design, views to the exterior, controlling of solar glare, ensuring daylight penetration and artificial lighting, air quality monitors & carbon and particle filters.

 

It is the goal of every organisation to cultivate a work culture that each individual associated with them can be proud of. While company policies, hiring practices, management selection, and other such factors play a role in realising this dream, workplace design considerations set the tone for everything that follows.