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7 leading trends in office space design

March 22, 2013

Functionality and efficient planning of space are what matters in office space design. As well as team communication the way of organizing of a workplace to a great degree determines the energy and creativity. Matching the interior design to the character of the tenant is equally important.

The offices of a developer, government office, advertising agency or company from the IT industry are planned in different ways. Despite the character of different industries, leading trends in office design such as Scandinavian minimalism and ecology can be noticed. An important feature of modern office buildings is flexibility in adapting to needs, which is achieved, among others by raised floors, light partition walls or movable furniture.

 

Eyal Litwin, Adgar Country Manager, Poland  presents 7 major trends chosen by tenants

 1. Minimalism as a sign of professionalism and good taste is a trend which has been present in office space design for years. Currently Scandinavian style, which means classic forms, simplicity and elegance combined with interesting design and colourful accessories is becoming more and more popular. Office chairs’ upholsters is changing, with patterns familiarly from catwalks.

 2.  „Lounge” areas are another step in office space evolution. Open space, where even a dozen people work is still popular, however more and more companies are creating lounge areas, where employees can meet, discuss and cooperate in smaller groups. Mobile technologies are favourable for these kinds of areas as they eliminate limitations connected with telephone or computer cables – employees use laptops, smartphones and Wi-Fi. Soft, comfortable furniture – sofas, poufs, small tables create a less formal atmosphere. According to business psychologists this solution stimulates innovative ideas and strengthens team communication.

 3. Furniture – according to the latest trends, office furniture is colourful, cheerful, interesting, surprising and similar to that in private apartments or clubs. This kind of interior design makes employees feel at home. Moreover fashionable elements in bolds pattern and with a measure of extravagance suit the creative industries, for example IT companies or advertising agencies.

 4. Colors – muted colors still dominate on walls, but tenants of office space are becoming more open to unusual solutions. An interesting idea in buildings built of bricks, can be leaving one wall exposed. Whitewashed brick walls are also used in modern office buildings. Another original solution is to decorate walls with graffiti, for example with folk motives or photo wallpapers which are related to the company’s business. Panoramic photographs increase the impression of spaciousness and make small rooms appear larger.

 5. Smaller conference rooms – because the majority of modern offices are arranged as open spaces, smaller rooms, which are used for meetings or for work in smaller teams, are becoming more popular. Another trend are telephone boxes, which are isolated places where one can effectively talk on the phone. Soundproof walls and ceilings, which block out noise and eliminate echo are used.

6. Social rooms as integration areas. In modern offices the role of rooms, where employees can rest and eat a meal, is increasing. In a kitchen, space allowing, big oval tables are placed, where meals can be eaten in large group. This solution enables integration among employees and helping them to get to know each other, which benefits better teamwork.

7. Eco trends are increasingly visible in the office design. It is expressed in the use of natural materials of the highest quality such as wood, glass, stone. Intelligent control systems, which help to automatically adjust the microclimate (air-condition, heating, air moisture), lightning and acoustics to the individual needs of the users even a couple times a day , are important elements of the eco-friendly office. Solutions of this kind are not only ecological but also energy saving.