When we look towards the future of office design, the view ahead is broad and uncertain. Some believe brutalist and biophilic will make a resurgence, where others believe minimalism and technologyread more
Building a dynamic, adaptable workspace
When we look towards the future of office design, the view ahead is broad and uncertain. Some believe brutalist and biophilic will make a resurgence, where others believe minimalism and technology will reign supreme. One thing we do know, however, is a storming presence within the workplace design category is dynamic design, which includes elements of breakout spaces, pods, portable furniture and more. So, what is ‘dynamic design’, and why should your business take it seriously?
Defining dynamic design:
When we think of dynamic, we tend to think of something in motion, and, more specifically, in change. Whether it be dynamic lighting that adapts to a space by size and time of day, or a dynamic plan where the details evolve based on a pragmatic and holistic approach. In the case of office design, it’s really no different. We take a dynamic approach to design by having a space that is diversified regularly based on necessity, not just whims, and apply this to all sorts of things from desks to meeting spaces. One example of dynamic design that already exists in many organisations is hot desking, where the employees have no set working space but can choose from a variety of spaces depending on their needs (e.g. private meeting booths or open collaboration pods).
Features of a dynamic workplace:
Open, accessible design
In our blog post regarding biophilic design, we spoke about the benefits of creating spaces with an unpredictable nature to mimic natural environments, and in a similar way, dynamic design would be adopted by a space that installs diverse and unorthodox routes and segments. Rather than quadrilateral designs that segment your office space into predictable blocks of desks and rooms via partitions and such, you can create winding paths that open up the workplace and provide more choice for people to traverse their environment. This small change will provide a more versatile, open and accessible place for all kinds of workers, with some areas naturally becoming more private and others becoming hot zones for collaboration.
Some people genuinely work better in static, familiar environments, and others enjoy fresh spaces that provide different perspectives to their work, but how can the modern office integrate this? Using portable furniture, both types of workers can be easily provided for without compromise or excessive cost. Some simple ways of installing this into your workplace is through things like partitions that can be moved with ease. If you need to close off a space for a private call or small meeting, moveable partitions can easily diversify the space to suit your needs, whilst also remaining space conscious and easy to store. So, instead of completely sectioning off a chunk of your space dedicated to meetings, you can be more versatile in your approach and never define your space in a way that removes the choice for change- keeping the workplace dynamic. You can create micro-neighbourhoods of sorts at any time for whatever purpose.
Breakout and social spaces
We’ve spoken previously about social spaces in a blog, and the benefit you can derive from your workforce through renovating your space to accommodate a more modern way of working. According to a report from Merchant Savvy, approximately 20% of workers in the UK are working remotely, and this has risen from previous years. So, what’s so attractive to the modern worker about this kind of environment and why does it link to dynamic design? Well, one clear observation to be made is that people want to be comfortable at their workplace in a similar way to how they are at their personal abode, and social spaces can allow for this. Rather than blocking off areas of an office in a mathematical and linear fashion, you can create a multitude of spaces with independent functions for diverse levels of interaction with a simple dynamic approach to furniture, lighting and formalities. Social spaces provide a sort of breakout area for your workforce to practice different working styles and ultimately work more efficiently. Some ways to implement these kinds of spaces involve using sofas or lounging furniture to create a more homely and instantly less formal environment, or perhaps install a small coffee bar area which allows the person to breakaway from the day-to-day approach.
Organizations are always looking for ways to create environments that encourage their workforce to be more productive and comfortable, especially with a spotlight on how businesses handle mental health in their workplace. The fact is, if the modern business wants to retain its key employees, it needs to diversify its space to be more free flowing, omnidirectional and dynamic to inspire an atmosphere that values modernity and freshness through its many design features.
If you and your organisation are looking for a way to integrate or improve the dynamic design of your office, or just want to learn more about the methods you can take for improving your work space, then get in touch today and find out how we can help you.