The pressure between competing businesses can be felt from all sides. Currently, 70% of offices still adhere to the traditional, rigid cubicle system, but the rapid development of ICT technologies demands more flexible and improved layouts. To this end, the following are five design trends which have taken over 2015 and show no signs of declining.
The rise of mobile internet devices – notebooks, tablets, smartphones, etc. – has increased employees’ locational independence, enabling them to access information from anywhere anytime. There’s an increase in decentralisation of work environments, some working at home or even whilst on the move. This redefines the options available for office work environments.
Classical business hierarchies are being ditched in favour of organisational networks – the creation of a decentralised system where every team member plays a role, independent of their location and timelines. Conventional office work is not as important today, being replaced by flexibility in work patterns which are better for a flatter organisation hierarchical system.
The quality and extent of collaboration is the most critical factor driving flexibility and workplace decentralisation. Communication needs to relate to complexity and speed, all of which are provided for with most modern technologies. This, however, demands a shift in the spatial office designs to enable face-to-face and on-the-spot communication.
Demand for efficiency
Use of space is determined by office functions and having efficient architectures will be pivotal in the future, given the increased need for efficacy in workflows and processes. Concepts for optimal and clever utilisation of space, such as share office operations, continue to become more significant.
From the example set by IT big-names, more and more firms are looking to have creatively designed office spaces, away from the traditional perceptions of what work environments should look like. From meetings in cable cars to talks in comfy lounges, the extravagance is not a goal, but rather a means to provide a creative environment where innovative energies can be fostered for higher productivity.
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