When it comes to office space design, it takes more than beautiful aesthetics to create something that really works.
The space itself needs to be designed in a way that adheres to the productive work environment, something that is flexible and tailors itself around its user(s). The architecture of a building aims to envision what the space will be used for and how it can expand on these elements with smart materials and extra features. Creating something with a positive environmental impact is one of the primary methods of contemporary buildings. Being aware of your environmental footprint is a key factor in creating a sustainable and positive space. This means avoiding materials that have volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) in them and make sure that they are non-damaging and safe to use for the eco-system and the people using the space.
Environmentally friendly office spaces aim to complement the space around them with sustainable exteriors and to have the ability to maintain a work environment that can run of renewable energy such as solar and kinetic alternatives. Aside from its positive eco impact it also benefits productivity levels along with employee health due to a lack of harmful materials and components. Due to it’s success, modern eco architecture has also inspired learning space design for the education sector. This can help improve the development of teaching and learning as the aspects that make a productive classroom design are enhanced and modernised to suit Generation X, Y, and Z. You can read more about education and learning space design in this article.
Sustainable architecture doesn’t need to be as intricate or wide scale as other eco buildings around the world such as Masdar in Abu Dabi or the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh. Instead, they can be conscious of space and aim to not overpower its surroundings with non-conforming exteriors. For example, modular buildings are the current trend for both office and education needs as they can offer ecological spaces for a low cost and a fast and effective construction period. This bodes well for its users as the design is modern and the advantages of this creation can benefit both employer and employee.
Furthermore, the interior materials of an office also need to be properly considered to benefit the creation as a whole. From a work space point of view there are elements to consider, such as acoustics and thermal qualities, that will attribute to the productivity and comfort levels of a successful office space. Essential features such as technology, display and presentation equipment and furniture can also be required to have an eco-friendly specification. Notice boards, such as the Sundeala Notice Board, are created from 100% recycled materials, acoustic properties, and have a low VOC rating which makes them an environmentally conscious addition to office spaces, receptions and other public spaces. Other components such as plants and office gardens can help create an eco-aware space that its users can thrive in.
According to an article by Dezeen on optimising the workplace for innovation, creativity is a skill that can be developed and improved within the workplace. This would require an office design where ideas can be heard. Open space, appropriate acoustics and user friendly furniture can help enhance ingenuity within the office environment. These components don’t need to drain your resources or increase expenses; instead they could be created from natural and sustainable materials using smart inventions and innovative design concepts. With the correct architectural techniques and modern ideas, you too could benefit from creating an eco-office space that will improve the productivity and sociability levels of you work space environment, and it won’t cost the world to run…