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Office Design Trends to Watch in 2023

What comes to mind when you think of corporate office design? Is the overhead lighting bright and the walls white? Open, spacious workspaces? These are all common ideas about what office space is or should be, but businesses are beginning to move away from these design trends. Today’s offices are more personalized and geared toward meeting the needs of their employees.

 

What Office Design Trends to Expect in 2023?

Though numerous factors influence office design, we’ve identified five common trends. They are as follows:

  • Creating a Sense of Place at Work
  • Including Associate Feedback in the Design
  • Modular Construction
  • Providing a Variety of Workspaces to Accommodate Various Work Styles
  • Promoting Workplace Well-being

Below, we’ll go through each trend in more detail. Explaining what it means to design, how to apply the concept, and instances of trends in prior works.

 

Creating a Sense of Place at Work

Placemaking identifies distinctive community characteristics that speak to the culture, environment, and people. This concept has long been a driving factor in airport planning and design. It is now beginning to inform corporate office design. To apply this office design trend to the corporate world, look for unique qualities within a company’s culture to inspire innovation. Placemaking has been linked to increased job satisfaction and motivation in the workplace. You can combine community inspiration and corporate culture to create an inviting and engaging office space.

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Incorporate community elements into your design by including artwork by local artists or using natural materials. Consider the company’s culture for the color palette and office layout inspiration. If a company values teamwork, the design can reflect this by including numerous open spaces for employees to gather and collaborate.

Thorough research is required to portray community and corporate culture adequately. Look to your community’s museums and cultural centers for ideas. Also, have open conversations with leadership and associates to get a sense of corporate culture.

 

Including Associate Feedback in the Design

Survey company representatives at all levels before beginning the design process. Inquire about any issues or challenges they are experiencing in their current office so they can be addressed. You may find agreement from all departments, but you may also discover a problem that one department is experiencing and, through design, help to resolve the issue.

biophilic design

You can also solicit associate feedback on design elements such as the color palette and onsite amenities. Surveying associates can assist you in developing a consistent design vision while informing your associates that their feedback is required to create a successful workspace.

 

Modular Construction

Modular construction is a method in which a building is built offsite in modules and assembled onsite. The same materials and building regulations are used in modular construction as in traditional construction. Prefabricated walls, room dividers, and flooring are examples of modular elements.

This construction method is gaining traction in various market sectors because it provides several strategic advantages, including constructing building components and systems in factory-controlled environments in locations less impacted by labor shortages. Modular construction is ideal for projects that must be completed quickly. Because most of the building is done offsite, disruption should occur only when the modular elements are ready for installation.

Modular construction also allows flexibility, allowing you to meet the critical needs of various departments during construction and in the future. During the initial construction phase, you may discover that different departments require a different number of private offices; modular construction will assist in addressing this concern. If one department grows in the future, you can expand quickly and with minimal disruptions.

 

Providing a Variety of Workspaces to Accommodate Various Work Styles

There are fewer private office spaces in many corporate offices today, as open-concept floor plans have taken over to increase collaboration. There is a shift now from open offices to offices with various workspaces. As associates return to work in the office, they want the same balance and choice in workspaces they had at home.

conference room design

Smaller conference rooms where groups can brainstorm can help to increase collaboration, and pods in quiet areas of the office can help to increase privacy. These options allow associates to work wherever they want based on the task.

 

Promoting Workplace Well-being

Design can do a lot to improve employee comfort and productivity. Incorporate bright, uplifting colors, designate areas for associates to step outside, and, if space permits, include exterior windows that allow plenty of sunlight.

Improving workplace amenities can assist you in promoting well-being while also attracting and retaining employees. A break room with a ping-pong table or a relaxation pod lets employees relax and unwind.

eating area

Lunch breaks can be difficult to squeeze into a busy schedule, especially if your office is in the suburbs. Onsite cafes allow associates to take a break and grab a coffee or lunch while remaining in the office. Some restaurants are simple, with self-service coffee and grab-and-go items, while others are elaborate, with various made-to-order stations.

Whether you want to make minor office improvements or completely renovate a space, these office design trends can help you conceptualize an office appealing to both recruits and associates returning from home.

 

If you want to know how to incorporate these guiding trends into your next office upgrade, contact our interior design team.

Five Office Design Trends You Need to Know

Due to the office’s evolution and transformation, expectations, projections, and goals are more divergent than ever. Office design will evolve to adapt to changing markets and new strategies.
Here are some office design trends that will define workplaces for companies.

 

 

 

One of the things you can do to move an organization forward is to pay attention to the physiological well-being of the employees. Many organizations consider the office environment a significant factor in an efficient workforce. Successful and flexible firms boost organizational performance by designing productive office spaces and maximizing space. Here we name five office design trends you can use to update your office workspace.

 

1. Dynamic and Flexible Design

As the workforce is becoming younger, a dynamic and flexible office interior is becoming more in demand and preferred. Such is because the new breed of workforce dislikes the traditional office setup. They want more personal spaces and to be able to work when they want and where they want it.

Indeed, dynamic and flexible workspaces with lightweight, movable, and multi-functional furniture may be the millennial-approved workspace design. Rearranging this style of workspace according to mood or taste is easy. Undoubtedly, changing things from time to time can help to clear the air and refresh perspectives. This design is also cost-effective because it requires little setup time and is not permanent. This type of design property will be helpful for any future workplace updates.

2. Modular Office Design

Although modular office design may seem dynamic and adaptable, it is determined by “interchangeability.” In addition to the apparent benefit of rearranging furniture, there are many other creative uses for it. Modular furniture consists of separate parts that can be combined and rearranged in various configurations.

Certainly, modular office layouts give workers various ways to set up their workstations, sparking their creativity.

It is a strategy to help employees stay creative, active, and highly productive. Employees can easily reimagine their workstations to optimize their time at the office. The modular design also future-proofs an office as it can help it adjust to the changing dynamics of the workplace and employees. (What is Modular Office Design? | Inspiring Workspaces by BOS, 2018)

 

 

3. Better Illuminance and Lighting

Smolders, de Kort, and Cluitmans (2012) found that a high or reasonable amount of radiance induces alertness during office hours. The same study concluded that exposure to higher illuminance could improve the employee’s subjective feelings of attention and, simultaneously, measurable performance (Smolders et al., 2012).

Lighting and illumination are not new concepts in industrial design, but the methods for improving lighting in workspaces have evolved and become much more modern. Significant trends include biophilic design, bringing nature into the office, and natural lighting from floor-to-ceiling windows. Certainly, the use of traditional lighting by combining different lights when large windows cannot be opened.

4. Monochromatic Design

Monochromatic is a style that contains or uses only one color. By definition, it does sound like the most boring design. However, monochromatic color designs can make a space look clean, crisp, and elegant. It makes a simplistic approach of stripping off the unnecessary and focusing on the core functional experience. (A minimalist and monochromatic office design – Build Australia, 2018)

Three elements can help pull off a successful monochromatic interior design: choosing the right color palette, choosing a monochromatic textile, and accenting with monochrome patterns (Lori, 2017). A black-and-white monochromatic design can transform an old workplace into a sleek and edgy one, while a blue monochromatic design can be very playful. Another method for integrating the brand into the workplace is using color and pattern. The intelligent use of color and patterns can make the workplace lively.

5. Sustainability

Office environments continue transforming from formal and impersonal workplaces to inspired and wellness-focused spaces. This trend is called sustainability. According to Eco life’s blog, sustainable design is a mindful intention to reduce negative environmental impacts through thoughtful design with energy-efficient technology, sustainably sourced materials, and other natural and greener choices.

Sustainability is not just about choosing greener options; the workplace should be used in the best way possible to avoid wasting resources, time, and space. Sustainability encourages buildings and nature to work together in a good way for the environment. As more and more businesses get better tools to work toward a greener and more sustainable future, more and more green and sustainable options are becoming available. Environmental risks have pushed big and small companies to research sustainable design and make it part of their corporate social responsibility as a promise to society. If more companies follow this trend toward green design, it could show the rest of the world how to go green.

Plan to remodel your office this year? Seek expert advice.

SDW Realty is an experienced fit-out construction company working with the country’s most prominent brands in the Philippines. Let us work together to achieve your design visions just like what we did with our other clients. To see our portfolio, click here.

 

Resources:
1. A minimalist and monochromatic office design – Build Australia. (2018). Build Australia. https://www.buildaustralia.com.au/gd/the-minimalist-monochromatic-design-behind-candlefoxs-hq/
2. What is Modular Office Design? | Inspiring Workspaces by BOS. (2018, December 17). Inspiring Workspaces by BOS. https://www.bos.com/inspired/what-is-modular-office-design/
3. Sterkenberg, Z. (2019, November 13). Office Futures: The Office Design Trends of 2020. Ambius.Com; Greener on the Inside. https://www.ambius.com/blog/2020-office-design-trends/

Creating the Right Workspace for AC Energy Holdings

It’s no secret that the right workspace can make all the difference for a company. A well-designed office or workplace can inspire employees, boost productivity, and create a positive company culture. But what if your current space isn’t quite right? Or what if you’re in the market for a new workspace but don’t know where to start?

SDW was commissioned to create a workspace for AC Energy Holdings, Inc., a firm dedicated to developing a portfolio of power generation resources using both renewable and conventional technology. AC Energy Holdings, based in Makati City, Philippines, is looking for a place with a simple aesthetic and enough personality to allow its brand to blend in.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the key factors we considered in designing the new workspace for AC Energy.

 

AC Energy office

 

The Benefits of a Good Workspace

A well-designed workspace can do wonders for a company. It not only provides a place for employees to work, but it can also help boost morale and increase productivity.

When employees are comfortable in their surroundings, they’re more likely to be productive. A good workspace has to be designed with the needs of the company in mind.

Think about it: when you’re surrounded by things that inspire you, it’s easier to be creative and come up with new ideas. That’s why it’s so important for a company to have a workspace that feels like “home.” It should reflect the brand and culture of the company, and help employees feel connected to their work.

 

meeting room
One of the numerous meeting rooms with polished concrete walls and wooden ceiling trellises. Wind turbine blades decorated the space.

 

How to Design the Perfect Workspace

There are a few key things we kept in mind in designing this office space. First, we made sure it is functional. The employees need to be able to work comfortably and have everything they need at their fingertips.

Second, we take into account how the employees should feel.  They should feel inspired and motivated, not cramped and uncomfortable. So we made sure there are plenty of space for them to move around and collaborate.

Finally, we added some personality. Making the space feel like home by adding some personal touches that reflect AC Energy’s brand. A little bit of creativity can go a long way in making employees feel valued and appreciated.

 

main boardroom with renewable bamboo panel
High STC ratings in meeting spaces were stated in the design brief. The main boardroom featured Smith & Fong’s Plyboo, a renewable bamboo panel with a sound-absorbing substance.

 

The Five Elements of a Good Workspace

When it comes to workspaces, there are five important elements to keep in mind: function, comfort, privacy, esthetics, and culture.

If you’re not sure what your company’s workspace should look like, start by thinking about these five elements. Ask yourself: what is the primary function of this space? What kind of comfort do we want our employees to feel? How much privacy do we need? What kind of aesthetics will make our company feel like it belongs in this space? And finally, what type of culture do we want to encourage in our employees?

By keeping these five elements in mind, we created a workspace for AC Energy Holdings that is not only functional and comfortable but also stylish and reflective of the company’s culture.

 

workspace
Simplifying furniture design to create spatial stability.

 

The Importance of Ergonomics in the Workplace

When it comes to the workplace, ergonomics is key. To focus on their work employees must be comfortable. And the space should reflect the company’s brand, so employees feel like they’re part of a team. SDW was tasked to create a simple workspace with enough personality to meet the client’s identity.

Together, AC Energy and the SDW collaborated to design an elegant and functional facility. By incorporating vivid hues and cutting-edge furnishings, we developed a space that was both inspiring and energizing. We also made sure to use ergonomic principles in the design so employees would be able to stay comfortable all day long.

 

 

employee lounge office space
The employee lounge is separated from other sections by wooden cupboards and trellises. Most elements are left exposed, including polished concrete floors, cement board partitions, and exposed ceilings. This rustic concept contrasts beautifully with glass and black American walnut casework and joinery, creating a modern industrial office atmosphere.

 

How to Choose the Right Workspace

When it comes to choosing the right workspace, there are a few things to consider.

First, you need to think about your target audience. Who is your company targeting? What type of office environment will appeal to them? Once you have an idea of what your target market wants, you can start thinking about the design and layout of your space.

Second, you need to think about your company’s culture and brand. What type of atmosphere do you want to create? How important is it for your employees to feel like their brand is reflected in the space they work in?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to start looking for spaces that fit your needs. SDW is here to help make the process easier for you.

 

garden lounge workspace area
The garden and lounge on the terrace overlooking Ayala Makati help cool the interiors in the warm tropical climate.

 

office space floor plan

Conclusion

A well-designed and executed office space can make a profound impact on your company’s success. From boosting productivity and creativity to improving employee satisfaction and morale, a great workspace can help your team work smarter and happier.

SDW is proud to have been a part of AC Energy Holdings, Inc.’s new office fit-out. Our team worked closely with the client to create a workspace that was stylish, functional, and reflective of the company’s values. If you’re in the market for a new office or are looking to renovate your current space, please contact us for more information. We would be happy to help!

3 Reasons Why Office Redesign Can Increase Revenue

Redesigning your office fit-out isn’t as simple as changing the hallway paint or rearranging desks. It’s more about changing your workspace’s overall vibe, look, and feel. It should represent your company’s desire for growth and inspire your people to work more productively.

Interior designers and contractors in the Philippines are catching up to the competition. They use trends and innovative designs for workplace fit-outs to make the country more globally competitive. Contractors are constantly under pressure to outperform their competitors. This type of shift inspires individuals who are daring enough to redesign an office.

You’re probably thinking that redesigning your office would cost your company a lot of money. In a sense, you’re right. From planning, and designing, to the construction itself, it would require a significant amount of time and money. However, this kind of expense is somewhat unavoidable. It does have its benefits and, if you plan well enough, could quickly return a profit.

 

Here are three ways a redesigned office could enhance your company’s revenue.

 

1. An office redesign can increase employee productivity.

If done well, a new office style will enhance morale and productivity. In 2017, millennials (ages 21–36) held most of the workforce. It makes sense to tailor your office culture and benefits to this generation. Millennials like an open office layout because it creates a high-energy environment that makes them more productive in the long run. And the more effective your personnel are, the more money your clients invest.

Putting your employees in a cubicle wouldn’t work anymore in this day and age.

The overall decor of the workplace has a tremendous impact on people’s attitudes, creativity, and inspiration. You wouldn’t be surprised if you asked your staff about their ideal workplace, and the majority of them said Google or Facebook. These businesses have considered design trends and combined them with the creativity of their personnel. As a result, Facebook was recently awarded the greatest workplace of 2018, while Googleplex is the gold standard for IT campuses.

2. Fresh Designs Attract the Best Talents and Clients

Your office is the face of your company. It is where your employees work and your clients put their investments. With this said, you wouldn’t want people coming into the office and being turned off by how boring the place is.

Redesigning the office to become dynamic and vibrant adds to its overall appeal. It caters to creativity and inspiration for not just your current employees and clients but also those who aspire to be your future employees and clients.

Giving employees a nice spot to unwind and chat with coworkers can raise morale and ready them to travel. Spaces like these might be used for impromptu discussions that generate fresh ideas without the confines of a conference room. Lastly, when applicants see how your office fit-out nourishes people, they’ll say, “I want to work here.”

3. Less is more

The times have changed, and the era of large furniture has gone. Today, space is a precious commodity that no one dares ignore. By investing in the organized use of space, you can avoid wasting your company’s hard-earned money on things that aren’t needed.

Cubicles and dividers are a thing of the past. Sure, they provide privacy, but it blocks communication between your employees. It eats up space meant for interaction and makes the workplace feel like a prison—and in all honesty, that would be the worst-case scenario.

Having a design that can change with your employees’ demands can make them better and your firm more flexible.

In the end, it’s not just about the income anymore. One of the most important things you can do to help your business succeed is to ensure your employees enjoy coming to work. After all, the workplace is essentially the body of your business. It’s best to pay close attention to taking care of it. Eventually, you will reap the rewards—yes, that includes a reasonable return on your investment.

To help you decide if it’s time to give your office fit-out a do-over, please see SDW’s case studies and be inspired by what we can do for you.

Interior Fit-Out Design Tips to Motivate Employees

Interior office. It goes by different names: gray hell, the box, and Alcatraz. But it doesn’t necessarily have to stay that way. The concept of interior fit-out design allows business owners to re-imagine the design and build of their establishments. Make them more conducive for their employees and make their work lives more enjoyable.

 

Take Google, for example. They have created some of the most creative, unique, and fun workspaces, and the outcome of their work’s creation is still vital to this day. Indeed, their interior fit-out designs have significantly impacted today’s architecture and construction scene, and many other contractors have followed the trend. In doing so, it improved the lives of its employees by leaps and bounds. Take note of these interior fit-out design tips to motivate your employees.

 

1. Greenery and Natural Lighting

 

biophilic design

 

Humans naturally desire to be connected with nature—biophilia, as scientists call it. It would only make sense to let in natural light and add something green to the place humans spend their time; for most adults, that place would be the office.

There have been numerous studies that have proven the positive effects of biophilic design in the workspace. Here are some benefits of having plants near the workstation:

Reduces stress

In 2010, the new University of Technology in Sydney did a study that found that adding plants to the workplace made people feel much less stressed. Results included:

  • A 37% fall in reported tension and anxiety.
  • A 58% drop in depression or melancholy.
  • A 44% decrease in anger and hostility.
  • A 38% reduction in fatigue.
Increases productivity

According to 2014 research from the University of Exeter, employees’ productivity increases by 15% when previously ‘lean’ work settings are filled with just a handful of houseplants.

Reduces sickness and absence rates

Some experts argue that adding plants to the work environment can help to reduce the risk of sick building syndrome. Symptoms of sick building syndrome get worse the longer a person stays in a particular building and eventually gets better after they leave.

Cleans the air

 It is worth remembering that nature works miracles daily. Plants employ photosynthesis to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into food and oxygen. Every day, your staff could breathe clean air without spending a dime.

2. Maximize space

 

 

flexible office space design

 

Every square inch of an establishment costs money. Thus it is prudent to utilize every corner of the office. But it does not imply that you should load the nooks and crannies with useless items; instead, it suggests that you should maximize the available space. 

Here are some solutions to help you accomplish this:

Let there be light

Your office may not have a lot of equipment, but having ample lighting is enough to make it look bigger. Adding more windows that allow natural light to come in may do the trick. It is also known to raise alertness and productivity levels.

Veer away from heavy furniture

Oversized dark-colored furniture may trick the eyes into believing that space is smaller than it is.

Remain flexible

Instead of building concrete walls, use movable dividers or folding partitions to transform your office space. You can also use collapsible or portable tables, desks, and chairs. This way, you can freely use the same pieces of furniture for other functions when needed. With this, you can transform a double-room space into a bigger single room perfect for a small team to conduct collaborative meetings.

Go vertical

There are plenty of ways you can save space by filing your documents. Offices that feature ample wall space make use of a vertical filing system, in particular, to allow for optimal utilization of that wall space.

3. Clutter-Free 
minimalist office design

 

Your office is a sanctuary, a holy place where you’ve invested your life’s work. You can’t allow it to become cluttered. Otherwise, your employees will feel uneasy, or worse, someone could get hurt in an accident. Here are some office hacks to keep the workspace clutter-free and maintain the aesthetics of your interior fit-out design:

  • Make space for a multitasking message board.
  • Create an order with drawer organizers and use the color coding on your files.
  • Corral messy cables or go cord-free.
  • Divide your office into task-related work zones for maximum efficiency.
  • Set up a paper-processing station.
  • Schedule regular maintenance.
 
4. Quality Furniture

 

quality office furniture

Like any remodeling project, upgrades are necessary to achieve better results. You wouldn’t need to replace everything, but adding quality materials to your office is one way to make your employees feel appreciated. Replacing their old desks and chairs with fine tables and comfortable seats would go a long way in setting the right mood in the workplace.

Spending ample resources to get higher-quality furniture will be worth every penny in the long run. Boring office furniture tends to make employees lazy and uninspired. It also results in people feeling irritated and clumsy by the mountains of work on their desks. Being surrounded by boring furniture, individuals often lose interest in work, affecting their productivity significantly.

 
5. Cozy Lobby

 

lobby interior design

 

Your office lobby can also be called the ‘face’ of your company. It’s the first thing that greets first-time visitors, interested applicants, and employees to begin their day. Making the interior fit-out design of the lobby as excellent and as welcoming as possible is imperative.

If you’re a visitor to a company, the last thing you want is a chilly and dull lobby. If you’re a job applicant, it will help if the waiting area is less tense and has comfortable seats. You won’t want to see the same cold and monotonous hall every day if you’re an employee. You wouldn’t want people to think these things when they first set foot in your office. After all, first impressions do last, so there is no need to hold back in designing your lobby.

There you have it. With these tips in your arsenal, your office space will be a wonderland for your employees. They may even get the word out and recommend your company to their peers, and new applicants would swarm in. Your visitors would be impressed that they may finally sign that contract with you. Investing in designing or redesigning your office fit-out would prove to be very beneficial in one way or another.

Do you find interior design interesting? Contact us for a consultation with our professional interior designer. You can also click here to see our portfolio.