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Workplace Design Trends to Look Out for in 2018

19 October, 2017

In today’s rapid pace ever changing world, your work environment needs to function in a way that facilitates the growth of your business, the performance of your team, and the enhancement your brand.

Getting the right balance between workplace style and functionality can significantly boost your business, your team and your brand. This is why keeping up to date with the latest design trends is so important. Office design trends are constantly changing and adapting to the demands of businesses, directly impacting our ability to work and be consistently creative, productive and attentive in the workplace.

The goal of Anchorpoint designers and architects is to not only create a space that’s sustainable, energy efficient and usable, but to work with clients to design areas that help bring about a culture of motivation and high productivity within the team. With well-being at the forefront of design requirements, new movements have surfaced from the trends of yesterday that are being applied in workplaces around the world, making employees inspired, healthier, happier and more eager to go to work each day.

With this in mind, we have highlighted some of the key design trends to look out for in 2018:

Innovative work areas

This idea was initiated by millennials and their desire for collaborative working areas, open spaces and more relaxed working environments. For many of today’s young professionals, the workplace is more than somewhere to go for 7 hours a day, it is where they meet friends, socialise and can feel valued. Indeed, for many millennials the workplace often represents a better and happier environment than their home one. An unconventional work area could include sofas, vibrant colours, quiet working areas, room for activities such as table tennis, bean bags and many other unorthodox features that make the workplace fun and motivating.

Biophilic Design

This is a trend that has moved to the fore, with people spending 90% of their time indoors. Biophilia (meaning love of nature) focuses on human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes. It suggests that we all have a genetic connection to the natural world built up through hundreds of thousands of years of living in agrarian settings. Biophilic design uses nature as an architectural framework to weave the patterns and forms of nature into the built environment through the use of natural lighting, textures, patterns, and live plants. This trend is becoming increasingly popular in the form of plants, lighting, and living walls, within the office environment where nature is not easily accessible.

Flexible Spaces

This has been a popular trend over the last 3 years. A flexible workplace is usually marked by continuous change and variation, and can easily transform from working areas such as conference and meeting space to company parties and activities. They give companies the opportunity to be more creative with their space, and give employees the freedom to innovate and try out new ideas. Features of a flexible space can include moving walls, foldable tables with wheels, and lightweight stackable chairs.

Technology in the Workplace

With more millennials entering the workplace, this is a trend that has increased in 2017 and will continue to do so throughout 2018. Today’s way of working will change significantly as technology advances and more efficient ways of working are introduced. Companies are therefore constantly investigating ways to stay up to date and integrate technology into different areas of the workplace, including furniture with screens to facilitate presentations, wireless screen sharing capabilities and charging ports. Likewise, smartboards allowing staff to collaborate more effectively as well as providing the option to send a copy of all notes, sketches and doodles as an email afterwards, are becoming more commonplace.

This has allowed staff to move further away from traditional desk based work, decreasing the personal space needed per worker. Embedded technology facilitates an increased level of flexibility enabling staff to work, present and/or collaborate almost anywhere in what will be a fully digitally enabled work environment.

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