Do you want to build an office building from scratch, formalize your office in a new office building or modernize an old office building – in all these cases you can not do without the help of a specialist. A modern functional office is a complex technical object requiring the teamwork of a team of specialists in communications, construction, communication systems, architecture and design. When developing a project, an integrated approach is important, taking into account the mutual combination of all elements: what should be the design and material of the suspended ceilings, to conceal air ducts and lighting behind them, how working areas will be located to lead to wiring and the Internet, etc. BIM-technologies allow you to model your future office and discuss all the details: how will the workflow take place in it? Is it possible to balance the aesthetic requirements, the philosophical concept of your company and the convenience and ergonomics of space? A trading company, a law firm, or a graphic design studio, at first glance, have completely different requirements for office design, but the principles of organizing office space are the same. All office work ultimately boils down to concentration and communication, respectively, in each office areas are needed for both. The designer’s task is to find a balance between them.
Traditionally, the office space is represented by two options: cabinets or open space. Pros of office type: concentration, stability, safety. Minuses – minimum of communication, inefficient use of space. Open spaces are the exact opposite of the offices: large rooms with low partitions accommodate a huge number of jobs. Pros of open spaces: economy of space use, flexibility, dynamism, transparency – everyone in sight. Hence the disadvantages: weak insulation makes concentration difficult, reduces the sense of safety and comfort. For today the most widespread variant became the combined office optimally balanced on parameters of concentration and dialogue.
The layout of the office assumes zoning space. Traditionally, there is an entrance group, workplaces, a manager’s office, a meeting room and office facilities.
How each of these zones will be organized depends on the characteristics of your activity, the possibilities of your premises and many other factors. Today, often the manager’s office is practically no different from workplaces and is separated only by a transparent partition, “common workplaces” are common, which can be used by several employees in turn, bargaining is expanded or, conversely, not allocated, but can quickly be transformed with sliding partitions and Tables.
Studies have shown that the main factors that affect the feeling of security and comfort at work are the position relative to the window and the position relative to the general hall – “face” or “back”. Place at the window and face in the hall in all cases is preferable for the employee. On the contrary, most people perceive the position “face to wall” as extremely uncomfortable. The designer’s task is to solve this problem with lighting and corresponding details, create an additional overview (the so-called F-arrangement).
As for the options for combining workplaces, the most common T-shaped, U-shaped or U-shaped have their pros and cons. More communication and cooperation in the first two options, more concentration and concentration – in the latter (“back to back”).
Thus, a good office project should not only ensure normal work in your office, but also optimize it.