efficiency in the office environment
Every company (client) is unique, every workplace is different and every
building space is exclusive.
An office project always starts with understanding the company, their business line, their vision and their culture. Positioning ourselves as partners with the client is the key factor. We start by making our own research about the company, gathering preliminary data about their work, figure out how they are seen and then we listen to them. We try to be a part of their team, their mindset. This is beneficial to see everything from their point of view. Their ideation and their targets have to come into an effective zone for us to deliver everything on the table within their needs, requirements and goals. We try to make things happen based on this ‘working together’ approach.
This enables us to set their needs architecturally; to envision their idea of the workspace they would like to live and work, but also to fill the gaps in between and translate them it into physical workplace. This comprehension of cultural context of an organization will then make way for us to design the ‘tailor made mixture’ for that particular work environment. To reflect into space ‘the way of doing business’ necessitates organizing the individual, gathering and social spaces accordingly. It is, however, crucial for the employers to understand the enhancement role of office design and allow room for this effectiveness to be integrated in the design process. In conclusion, as research states: “Workplaces that reflect and encourage organizational culture lead to better motivated employees.”
future of offices and working culture
As this question subtly implies; spaces do not always transform due to the user, but the opposite is also likely to happen. Lately it seems more like a loop, in which work habits change the workspace and be changed by it simultaneously. In other words, the ‘new-employee’ and the ‘new working space’ help transform each other.
Nowadays, the user-shaped space needs more collaborative areas, co-working possibilities and less hierarchy. We observe that hierarchy is replaced by a feeling of community. What we essentially try to achieve in organizations is a connection between various departments; a touch of informality and social spaces for the social employee. However, these social (connecting) spaces need to be flexible / transformable for the new employee to engage in their work in a more initiative-taking manner.
In, for example; training, seminar, brainstorming, workshop phases. Once the office is released from the formalities of traditional hierarchy, a true office community emerges. This community is not solely for work. The line between work and the other life blurs in the new offices. Nature is brought into the office, mimicked not only in break-out areas but distributed to all spaces. Airy and light environments are essential for this new work space and if one needs to concentrate for a longer period of time, we try and create cocoons only for this purpose. However, because ‘work’ doesn’t just have a linear path, it demands various spaces for its different phases. Overall the new work place needs to be healthier, smarter and flexible. Therefore, we believe that new employee should be in control and within reach of all the amenities that help make a better life.