Smaller and simpler things make a host of difference for occupants in office design. Designing 21st century workplace is all about offering a more holistic experience to staff and ultimately, office design is now all about designing that experience. Here are 5 Design trends that dominate the workplace:
1.) Cubicle farms are past now
Robert Propst designed the first cubicle. Propst designed an office which had a huge desk, a space for making phone calls and a partition for privacy. In 21st century this stands outdated and employees too hate it as they feel confined to a box. New age design themes promote more open workspace where the communication flow can be seamless. Even seniors are leaving their cabins for being in action and sitting in the middle of workspace to reduce barrier of hierarchy and indulge in conversations which promotes innovative ideas from all corners.
2.) Modular lounges to keep mind recharged
Coworking spaces have come a long way in designing comfortable and open lounge area that invites conversation among its occupants. Sitting on a chair for long hours invite a host of diseases and doctors also suggest some basic stretching every 2 hour or so. In coworking space employees can stretch out on a couch in their break time and unwind themselves. This has proven to increase productivity along with inviting healthy conversations.
3.) Vibrant interiors design
Colours play an important role for humans and every colour signifies different type of energy. In current workspace design theme Green has become the new black for designers and they are opening up to using more green shades in the office interiors alongwith using indoor plants. This promotes harmony and helps in rejuvenation.
4.) Fitness stations to reduce stress
In 24/7 work environment fitness has taken a back seat and employees often cry about lack of time for their fitness issues. To encounter this problems coworking spaces have also introduced in house fitness centres to promote fitness and reduce stress. Fitness centres offer host of facilities such as Yoga, Meditation room, Gym etc.
5.) Privacy friendly workstations
Privacy is a basic human right and with rise of open workspace without walls make some employees feel uneasy in that situation. Coworking spaces have started offering mixed workspaces with open workspace and privacy cubicles. More than privacy , Occupants need to avoid distractions of open workspace and focus on their task. The design of cubicle is such that it provides employee with some amount of privacy. This doesn’t mean they feel isolated from others as they can choose to interact with others in common area when they feel comfortable doing so.
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