THINKING ABOUT OFFICE SPACES

The office I work is is currently undergoing refurbishment. About a week ago, there was a big reveal of the reception space and this got me thinking. Whilst I'd previously shuddered at the idea of designing office spaces, I'm slowly coming around to the opportunity here. The challenge of meeting the requirements of a work space whilst creating an environment that people want to be in and at the same time maintaining a company's ethos and identity in one design in sounds like a fairly good one. There's also the potential here to be much more conceptual than within a residential space.

So let's take a look at some pretty inspiring images.

This one is the 99c office, an advertising agency based in Cape Town. It was designed by Inhouse Brand Architects. I love the use of the shipping container. That's definitely a future post - shipping containers in interior design, lot's more to explore here!

Image from dezeen

Image from dezeen

No surprise that Airbnb would have really cool offices. These images are of their offices in Portland. It looks temporary, but I like the varying work spaces - a combination of more closed off areas, raised bits, and open spaces.

Image from architizer

Image from architizer

Image from Architizer

Image from Architizer

Office design also allows you to play with interesting sculptural features that wouldn't necessarily work in a residential space. This is the Nuon office in Amsterdam.

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Researching these, a recurring theme seemed to be that many companies take on board employee contributions into the overall end design. Like this wall of sketches based on employee experiences, also in an Airbnb office, this time in San Francisco.

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I also like when there are parts of an office space dedicated to pure fun. How great would these places be to work in! This is the soundcloud office in Berlin with ping pong table and old-school photobooth included.

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Images from Dezeen

Images from Dezeen

Finally what can be better than ending with a slide. Although I think the placement could have been better - I'm sure it must get annoying being disturbed by people landing right by your desk all the time!

Image from Dezeen

Image from Dezeen