Coworking spaces have arrived! They exist in major metropolitan areas and even in some quaint towns all over the country. Why is this happening?
Traditional companies are warming up to flexible work policies. Freelancers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners make up more of the economic landscape. Technology continues to create more ways for people to do business while moving around this big world.
Allow a Coworking Space to Constantly Evolve
Designing a space for a coworking community can be challenging. The people who use the space have different work styles. The design conversation doesn’t focus on the physical furnishings. The conversation is more about creating a coworking space that influences behaviour and constantly evolves depending on its members.
The design elements of lighting, colour, and textures speak to the members of the coworking community. These elements set the tone for smaller areas that all live within the larger area of the coworking space.
A corner space with a comfortable chair, low lighting, and an end table that calls out for a cup of tea or coffee to be sitting on it says, “come nest here and brainstorm some ideas.”
A plain wall can be used a projection screen. An ordinary window and a dry-erase marker makes for a nicer white board than the old one back at the office.
Glance across the room at a wall of windows with several tall tables and bar stools and its a place for people to network with each other. A team of coworkers can use this same space by moving the tables together, laying out sheets of papers and spend the afternoon talking about that special project.
The ability for people to customise their work space creates a sense of ownership. A work space that adapts with the mood also nurtures ideas and encourages the sharing of ideas.
A Different Kind of Coworker
To create a coworking space that best serves its users, the identity of the users needs to be known. This “member mapping” is important to understand the needs of the coworking space.
Members of coworking spaces can discover each other even when they aren’t using the space. Blend the traditional professional profile with the use of technology.
Social and professional profiles can be shown on a Twitter wall that is located in a shared space such as a sitting area. Spaces have the ability to build relationships.
Encouraging the Coworking Community
People who use coworking spaces are used to managing themselves. They like to be in spaces that allow independence. However, they also appreciate having the infrastructure in place that allows them to do this well and easily.
The ability to customise a work space is important. Visual cues can be used to communicate if someone is open to outside communication or distractions by the use of a red and green signs near desks and chairs. Laptop stands, pens, paper, and free tea and coffee communicates to people their presence is welcomed and appreciated.
Paradigm specialises in creating innovative environments for coworking spaces and traditional working spaces.
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