Whilst the ‘traditional’ view of Japanese workspaces is one of ‘robot-like efficiency’, a move is now underway to provide workspaces to promote creativity, well-being and productivity. Are there any lessons to be learned for UK businesses looking to relocate or undertake and office fit out or refurbishment?
When Facebook selected to move their HQ to a pre-existing set of buildings in Menlo Park, their brief to interior designers Gensler was that the fit-out should be “open, mobile, socially connected, dimensionally aware, culturally relevant and personally sustaining“. How did this philosophy-led approach to interior design be realised and ware there any lessons that can be learnt from their approach?
When it comes to designing an office environment you would usually imagine a very standard design, right? Well, in 2018, the standard table, chairs and desktop computer isn’t good enough for some of the most well known businesses and brands in the world.
The world of office design, as with any sphere of industry, is replete with buzzwords and nomenclature to describe various concepts from the practical and mundane to the ideological and unusual. Many paradigms swiftly come and go but at the very cutting edge sits biophilic design … and it’s prevalence is growing apace.
With over 70 million work days being lost to mental health every year, it is important for employers to take responsibility for creating a work space that is a happy and healthy place for employees to work in.
The modern office is no longer just about being a clinical space with a purpose for just functionality with recent research identifying the modern office as rapidly changing to create a more comfortable space, with greater emphasis placed on employee’s well-being through office design.