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Office spaces have undergone tremendous changes over the past decade. During this time, office space rentals increased by leaps and bounds, forcing businesses to practice space optimisation. Walls were taken down, to bring office peers closer to each other and to create an environment that promoted innovation. However, office designs will undergo further changes in the future, with wellness and health taking centre stage, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
“It is extremely important for the health and safety of people around the world that organisations take thorough precautions, when introducing their employees back to the workplace,” says John Forrester, president, Cushman & Wakefield.
Dense seating out; compartments are in
If ‘bring the workforce closer’ was the key motive behind office space designs, this trend is set to change.
Cubicles will make a comeback, in order to maintain social distancing among workers.
Costly materials will continue to be popular
The ‘industrial design’ in office interiors, will continue to be a popular choice. Necessary changes are likely to be made, to implement safe working practices without changing the design pattern.
Glass and wood will continue to be popular choices in the overall design.
Fewer touch points
Offices in 2020 would be designed, to reduce the number of contact surfaces. Open doors and a clean desk policy, would be a common sight in new offices.
Uncomfortable furniture to be out
As health and safety will be important factors in shaping the future, office furniture that is more soothing to the eye and the body, will be preferred. Companies may also avoid materials that are harder to maintain, because of complicated cleaning processes.
Offices to go green
By adopting green practices, office spaces have a higher chance of promoting health and wellbeing. A greater adoption of such practices in office interior designs in 2020, is expected to be seen.
A greater role for technology
Technological advancements have already revolutionised the workplace. It would now be incorporated deeper into the office design, to reduce human intervention and thus, chances of contact.