Traditional + office appear more like an oxymoron when compared to the path of today’s office design. Blame the millennial generation and/or the warp speed of technology, it doesn’t matter, office spaces are changing and the implications are remarkable. This research article offers a reason behind this phenomenon. Ever since the Google corporation pioneered the way for making its office spaces more “fun” there’s been a dearth of companies following suit.
Google “office design trend” and the search results are astonishing. Office design appear more relaxed, for lack of a better term, and manufacturers are responding with a plethora of design solutions from building materials to furniture systems. Options are endless.
Open office plans appear to be a staple solution among large technology firms. In short, employers no longer find cubicles to be a viable business plan and are in favor of open spaces for increased collaboration. People + technology are mobile and with that brings opportunities for seating and lounging options. Employees opt to move away from their desk in favor of solitude in a quieter space. Aesthetics is another major shift in office design. Companies are open to brighter and bolder interpretations of who they are. Indoor/outdoor spaces are merging. Did you also notice jeans, shorts and flip-flops [at least here in Orlando] is the common uniform – I believe this speaks to the people’s overall attitude of how people feel about their work spaces. How long will this trend last? While I don’t think this is a trend but rather a shift in attitudes about how companies, peoples and spaces interact.
Not an over-the-top design but the activities speak for themselves. Opportunities for work and play. Open-planned spaces equipped with standard and bar desk heights. This is the office space of GoDaddy.
Personal and group pods are now a must-have as seen here in the office space of Cisco.
Neutral colors are a thing of the past. Companies, such as Red Rock, welcome the bright and bold aesthetics, which appear youthful in presentation.
Notice that traditional/typical ceiling tiles are obsolete. Companies are embracing the raw building structural materials including open ceiling members, natural characteristics of wood or steel building materials. Movet Office did just that by keeping their office design clean and comprehensible.
Offices can be a bit dark and whimsical but fun. Office spaces are adaptable to the users personality and certainly this is the case of the Sergey Makhno office.
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