posted: August 2018
If a productive, happy workplace is a key driver of success, how do you make sure the workspace supports the people who occupy it?
Flexible, collaborative and focused?
The ideal workspace should encourage flexible working, collaboration and communication as well as provide 'habitats' for quiet individual tasks - boosting productivity for people to avoid chatterbox co-workers. And in all cases, providing flexibility for business expansion.
Companies like Herman Miller talk about the collaborative workspace as a 'social centre', acting as a 'recruiter' for a business whereby the interior space tells the story of an organisation and who they are, and Boss Design's research argues for a focus on the individual to improve wellbeing of the workplace in a recent article for Onoffice magazine.
Sounds like a difficult balance to meet doesn't it?
What are the solutions?
Lighting, furniture planning and division of space play a critical role in every workspace plan, as well as the use of flooring. One is no more important than the other. In the experience of our commercial architect and design clients, there are critical services and specifications, plus increasingly sustainably-designed buildings that form a modern workspace.
A starting point could be a space audit - many workspace solutions designers will collate and analyse the requirements of the staff, then developing fit-out plans that hopefully respond well to the needs of the people using the space.
It's inspiring to know that architects, designers and space planners will use surface products differently from space to space - some of the latest projects we've seen from our clients are here for some workspace inspiration...
Toggl offices Tallinn
A uniform floor pattern connects the open-plan space, however, this new tech business in Estonia makes use of colour across a wide floor space to distinguish changes of activity with a mix of Amtico Signature in a Twin Herringbone Plank laying pattern.
Library workspaces, University of Reading
Architects and designers Stride Treglown used Amtico Signature Equator Flow as the hard-surface flooring across major activity spaces in this large library for the University of Reading, designed to accommodate research and study areas for the campus's students.
Design meets performance
Acoustics will play an important role in many workspaces - the sound of furniture movement around desking areas can be minimized by using carpet tile in these areas, while an entrance that needs to make a first impression could be a completely bespoke design to bring to life the personality and values of the business.
DLA Design's scheme for their own offices used Amtico Carpet and Amtico Signature in a special Arrow laying pattern for this reason - we like their style!