Office Design for Generation Y
The nature of work is in a period of change and collaborative and flexible spaces are dominating modern office design.
Work and social time are no longer separate activities and the success of this culture is enhanced by the working environment.
Google and Pixar have demonstrated that unconventional office spaces can help to cultivate huge success for a company and as a result, creative spaces are evolving to stimulate and inspire workforces that are increasingly working longer hours.
So how can we as designers ensure the balance between functional office spaces that are also aesthetically pleasing?
Jacu Strauss, a senior designer at Tom Dixon has suggested some guiding principles to consider when designing for Generation Y:
Embrace flexibility – Strauss suggests that open plan offices are not a problem, if designed well. Our workspaces need to reflect our increased desire for flexibilitythat comes with (mobile) modern technology.
Break up spaces and avoid monotony – Aesthetic divisions provide employees with a sense of ownership over their space. Providing different areas with different aesthetic identities also encourages employees to find and use those areas that suit their needs at that particular time.
Embrace technology, but in the right way – Flexibility in technology use is key as each room may need to be multifunctional, which is harder to achieve when you have a massive screen presiding over you. There’s something quite beautiful about having technology integrated discreetly.
Design a space that people actually want to be in – Make a workspace so amazing that your employees don’t want to leave (big tech companies have been doing this for ages). It’s important to be proud of where you work. Tom Dixon’s approach focuses on high quality materials, rich colours and subtle, unexpected moments.
These principles are useful to consider, but would be pointless to implement without an understanding of the work patterns, processes and culture that already exist within a company.
To be continued…
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