While some may feel that office design is going a little too over the top with unnecessary bells and whistles, the fact is we exist during a time of remarkable technological and manufacturing advancements in building developments.
The focus now is on our ability to improve the space for everyone, to recognize the individual’s value in the workplace. The theme for office design is “vitality:” taking the office space beyond being a place we simply tolerate to becoming a place where we feel re-energized and full of possibility.
“Greening The Office” On A Whole New Level
From rooftop gardens to water features to nature-based wall dividers using bamboo or wood, nature was the name of the game in the context of employee health and wellbeing. It has been proven that being in nature is beneficial on many levels for staff to feel calm, creative, happier, and healthier.
More Textures Everywhere You Look
With the rise of the minimalist office and neutral or streamlined layouts, texture will become one way for a workplace to introduce a playful side. Textures heighten the sensory elements of a room and can summon a nostalgic home comfort in everyday spaces. Think faux or real sheepskin chair throws, acoustic fabric wall panels, beach shell wall dividers, woven rugs, and handmade baskets.
Office Inclusion and Accessibility Improvements
There are some creative companies that are currently testing new ways to improve accessibility for individuals, especially those with physical impairments or disabilities.
As far as design and layout are concerned, we no longer live in a one-desk-size-fits-all world. Adjustable height desks, adaptive chairs, quiet “library hours” floors, assistive devices and more are easier to create or attain to make sure all employees can thrive in their environments.
An Advanced Medium Will Be Introduced For Work
Augmented reality and virtual reality are slowly making their way to the front of the line. While we haven’t reached the tipping point on a wide acceptance of VR or AR, it is showing itself to be a great resource for employees that want to demonstrate models in product development.