Creative office strategies are beginning to infiltrate the design of project types across market sectors you may not expect. From R&D facilities to law firms, business owners are realizing the importance of inspiring collaboration and creativity. Collaborative spaces are proven to increase productivity by creating opportunities for impromptu meetings and casual collision – some of the best business ideas are happening in amenity spaces or a cafe instead of cubicles!
Characteristics like outdoor space, natural light, active design, and sustainability are no longer solely linked to Tech Companies and in today’s market of smaller budgets and less square footage allocated to the workplace the addition of cafes and amenity space becomes an efficient and flexible solution. Additionally, with the integration of technology and the ability to be on call 24/7 providing work area options is key so employees do not always need to be sitting at their desks – they can work in the café, the coffee bar, or anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection. Creating an element of fun is also important since employees are often working extended hours and spending more time at work than they do at home.
These aspects are also influencing the buildings our clients select or build for their particular project. Buildings with character trump uninteresting, bland spaces with grey or beige carpeted hallways and fetch higher rents per square foot. Buildings with high ceilings and flexible floor plates lend themselves particularly well to creative office design . It’s no surprise that we’re now being approached more than ever by building owners with a desire to update their facilities as they try to attract today’s tenant. Our work places are evolving and we have the Tech sector to thank for it!
Pamela Juba, CID, IIDA, LEED AP | Design Director Interiors, HLW International LLP