Space planning for the modern office
Although office space planning should be tailored to the specific needs of a business, there are some trends that are worth considering for all businesses. In our second modern office design article, Evoke Projects brings you the latest office design trends for interior space planning and layout.
Driving collaboration with clever office space planning
The days of creating an open plan office and assuming that will be enough to promote collaboration are well and truly over. An office building is like a huge machine, with moving parts. People are the cogs and wheels of the office machine and everybody needs to work in harmony for optimum productivity. Office layouts must be properly designed to help people work collaboratively and efficiently; this generally requires a mix of zones – open plan, private cubicles, meeting rooms and comfortable breakout areas.
When looking at furniture, high back booth seating provides some privacy while facilitating team meetings in a condensed space.
More mobile offices
Staying on the theme of collaboration, mobile technology allows faster and more efficient communication possibilities than ever before. Give your employees the tools they need to make this work. Space planning for a mobile office should include a well-positioned high quality wireless router and plentiful phone and tablet charging stations. Additionally, evaluate file storage requirements, accessibility and mobility options such as Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and iCloud.
Office space planning to reduce noise
Office noise is more than just an annoyance. It can affect motivation and productivity. If you are planning an office refurbishment, redesign or refit, consider installing sound-absorbing materials in the ceilings or walls. Carpeted offices are better at absorbing noise than wood or tiles.
Add acoustic partitions between workstations when you plan your office interior layout (Evoke Projects can advise you on optimal height and spacing) and investigate noise-masking appliances.
Take the emotion out of office space planning
Office space planning can be very emotive. Employees have a tendency to worry about ‘their’ individual space, becoming quite narrow-minded about change. You can combat this by implementing an independent analysis of your office layout requirements and clearly communicating the benefits of any planned changes.
Evoke Projects can provide an independent five-phase Space Planning Service for your office interior design.
Phase 1: Workplace Assessment & Evaluation
One of our dedicated Designers will work with you to determine:
- Overall Objectives and Goals
- Client Inspiration
- Needs Analysis & Workplace Requirements
Phase 2: Inspiration & Concept Design
- Individual space Inspiration
- Brief Development
- Workplace Strategy
- Space fit and Feasibility
- 3D Concept Visualisation
Phase 3: Design Development
- Design Development
- Product and Finishes selection
- Scope Development
Phase 4: Estimating & Statutory Approval
Phase 5: Construct & Deliver
A dedicated project manager will be assigned to your project and be your single point of contact from commencement right through to completion.
If you would like further information on the trends outlined above or Evoke Project’s Space Planning Service, please call 1300 720 692.
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