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Three Trends Transforming Office Design

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Increasingly focused on worker productivity and satisfaction, employers are implementing office perks that make the workplace more efficient and appealing to be in. From pulling inspiration from residential and hospitality designs to integrating in-house food offerings, we’re reapproaching the way we design office spaces in response to recent trends in the workplace and beyond.

Optimizing for Activity

Whether traditional office or coworking space, we’re seeing a shift toward activity-based office design. Areas that encourage certain types of behavior prompt employees to move around the office space to choose the environment best-suited for optimal productivity. In collaboration with CBRE, Streetsense co-designed the Hana Park District coworking space to feature a variety of flexible workspaces that adapt for collaboration or solo work, like luxurious lounges or signature quiet spaces. Finding a happy medium between the cubicle farms of the 1980s and the recent hot desk trend, activity-based workspaces like communal tables, quiet rooms, and meeting spaces large and small for formal and informal sessions create the perfect environments for all the activities the workday has to offer.

Full Schedules, Empty Stomachs

Full schedules and empty stomachs have called for offices to integrate in-house food services. Mirroring the trend of increased food delivery to residences, employees frequently order lunch for delivery to the office, necessitating spaces for food drop-off like Sweetgreen Outposts. Offices are also installing larger, well-equipped kitchens, in-house food markets, or offering food and drink on the house to keep workers on campus.

Feels Like Home

Though office workers spend an exceptional amount of time in the workplace, employees are going into the office on an increasing ad hoc basis. To provide an environment that is productive yet relaxed, workplaces are increasingly expected to provide home comforts. Now seamless technology has rendered traditional office design obsolete — wireless technology like laptops and tablets means that furniture designed for the workplace no longer needs to have a different aesthetic from furniture designed for hospitality or residential settings. As residential and hospitality design trends creep into the office world, we’re seeing an increasing amount of office designs that are #housegoals.


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