A strategic workplace is optimally designed around an ecosystem of interconnected spaces that offer people choice and control. What do those individual spaces look like? As you meander through a typical office space, from the reception area through to private offices, there are universal space types – reception, café, conference – but there are so many creative ways to solve for each application type.
Click below to view innovative planning ideas for each space type.
RECEPTION OR LOBBY SPACE
Reception spaces, whether large or small, traditional or modern, offer an excellent opportunity to highlight brand. Whether through color, graphics, technology or furniture, don’t miss the opportunity to tell a story. Today, these lobby spaces are not just reserved for guests, but work hard as informal meeting areas for employees.
WORK CAFÉ OR MULTIPURPOSE SPACE
A café space can serve as a central ‘hub’ by creating zones to eat, meet, share information or do focused individual work. A variety of spaces and technology options encourages collaboration, impromptu meetings and offers space for mobile workers. Often these spaces also serve as training rooms and host company wide meetings so flexibility and technology choices are paramount.
Individual resident spaces are ‘owned’ by individuals and can support a variety of tasks including concentration, idea sharing, workflow staging and accessing information. Considerations include storage, power and data management, flexibility and options for collaboration.
Many workplaces continue to incorporate the private office within the floorplan. However, often times, in order to optimize real estate these are shared offices accommodating multiple residents or they utilize moveable walls to delineate space. Increasingly, video conferencing is incorporated into the space helping to keep managers in touch with distributed teams.
TOUCHDOWN SPACE FOR MOBILE WORKERS
Simple, shared free address destinations allow nomadic users to conduct focused work as they touchdown in the office. Ideal for guests or a mobile sales force, this strategy frees up valuable real estate.
COLLABORATIVE TEAM SPACE
Team work is central to knowledge work and collaborative settings provide the supporting structure. Teams need places (both virtually and physically) that allow them to see their teammates comfortably, hear each other clearly and share information easily so they can build the “shared mind” that is necessary to bring innovation to successful conclusion.
Whether a traditional boardroom or informal meeting room, providing spaces that are comfortable, allow for democratic participation and feature seamless technology are key design considerations.
QUIET SPACE OR PHONE BOOTH
Often times, the open plan office can be over-stimulating and you need a quiet place to focus or make a private phone call. Quiet enclaves, peppered throughout the space can provide welcome respite and privacy.