Let’s switch gears to the Commercial side.

In the last decade, there has been an increasing amount of corporate buildings that house crowds of busy workers who have in many ways sometimes lost all sense of time and space in the atmosphere they possibly are forced into. One of those spaces could be within a cubicle. The cubicle’s purpose is to isolate office workers from the sights and noises of an open work space so they may be able to concentrate without distractions. In today’s world many Commercial Architects and Interior Designers had to re-evaluate and research what is the type of optimal office environment people want to work in.

The typical corporate office may look something similar to the picture below. White walls, white ceiling, white or neutral cubicles, and a neutral floor.

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The picture that you see below here is one of today’s ideal environment. Architects and Designers from Camenzind Evolution have expanded and thought out of the box for the Google Dublin Campus. They wanted to create a place that fosters and enables innovation.

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One of the statistics from Herman Miller says that 70% of work in North America happens with two or more people, that it’s no longer about the individual worker, and we need to create microenvironments. A place where employees will attain optimum productivity in the most comfortable work space that they could be created to work in.

Now, not every company, department, or employee is alike, so how are we suppose to apply this change to working environments? Well, each project is different. You have to understand how the current space is being used, how it functions, and how the employees react within the space. This is one of the key starting points when starting a project. We have research and analyze the company to decide what type of design layout would be the best fit and ensure that they are getting the most out of their space they are currently in.

When choosing the best system you have to remember these tips:

1. It’s not about the size of workstation, it’s about the quality.

What plays a larger role in the quality of the space is the planning and the organization of the units. Today, it seems that apprehensions have shifted towards the comfort of the workers, so offices have started assigning larger work stations to their employees in order to allow them a clutter free working environment. Believing that the bigger and more spacious the office the more work the employee could produce, but a bigger desk does not necessarily guarantee more work. What seems to have been disregarded is the basic obligation of creating a space that is optimal, not large.

2. A certain job requires a specific type of work station.

First off, not every department is the same, they each have their own needs. So when choosing the right type and size of workstation you need to base the selections off those needs. The three most common workstations that are easily available and seen are the straight desks, the 90° and the 120°.

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3. Flexible work spaces are the need of the day.

When employees work on projects the size of the project may vary along with the size of the space needed. There are options available where workstations can be disconnected based on the need of the development process. To enable teams to interact, discuss, and to be productive, portable tables, writing tops, projection screens or any other piece that can be easily moved have become a must in offices.

4. To prevent clutter, plan storage.

Storage areas are normally forgotten when planning for corporate establishments. As a result passageways, fire escapes, and other similar spaces have become storage rooms which develop into accident prone areas. To increase organization and productivity you need to analyze and define storage requirements to help maintain a clean and safe work environment.

5. Different space, different pace.

The typical boring layout is gone, it is time to start thinking out of the box! When employees are in an enjoyable work environment productivity naturally rises. No more claustrophobic cubicles or boring colors. For a dramatic alteration in feel of a work space, there are many design methods and solutions.

Check out some of these inspiring pictures of commercial office interiors.

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So if you, or the company you work at is in need of an office update or consultation, email me at caitlin@vannicedesign.com or call 515.689.8612.

Caitlin Schlader is an Interior Designer at Van Nice Design. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. While her primary emphasis was in Interior Design she also acquired a minor in Entrepreneurship. If you are in need of good interior design ideas for your home, contact Caitlin or Patrick at: 515-689-8612, or email us at caitlin@vannicedesign.com  or patrick@vannicedesign.com