It used to be that every office was comprised of rows of high-walled cubicles. While cubicles offer privacy to workers, they don’t necessarily promote collaboration.
In an effort to break down barriers between employees and again, to create a more freeing atmosphere, this recent installation by Cecil Nurse is a perfect example of companies ditching the cubes, traditional office design and sometimes even walls, in favour of open spaces. Business owners don’t want their employees to feel trapped in their office. Feeling trapped increases angst which reduces productivity and heightens the odds that an employee will look for other work opportunities.
This project – completed for a company in the travel industry – showcases wide floor-plans with coworking desks, comfortable furniture and plenty of space to get up and walk around when workers feel like they’ve ben sitting at their desks for too long.
The brief on this installation was to specify office furniture that would allow the teams to be creatively inspired and capable of communicating with one another. Consequently, the company advocated that employees should be able to move furniture to best suit their comfort and creative flow.
Many offices are abandoning assigned office seating in favour of hot desks and no desks. Hot desks mean first come, first serve seating in any one of the ample desk-space available in the workspace. No desks is when there are enough sofas, recliners and other forms of alternative seating available that employees can ditch working at a desk altogether.
For this client, Cecil Nurse sought to include trends that define contemporary offices these days. Especially for the younger generation, a traditional office space feels stifling and antiquated, which requires businesses to start modernising their spaces. This project included many of the sought- after design details suited to a generationally-mixed workforce such as collaboration areas, a cafés, breakaway areas, open-plan spaces, call centres, meeting rooms, training rooms and an enticing and welcoming reception area.