It seems like everything has changed this year, including the spaces we work in. While some continue to work remotely, others have headed back to their place of employment.
Businesses have adapted to the changing times, implementing new protocols to keep their employees healthy at the office. However, all of this leads to the question:
How will office design trends change?
With two new commercial build projects happening in 2021, we’re excited to create office and retail spaces for a diverse range of tenants, all the while keeping in mind function and safety.
Below are some ways we expect commercial design to change:
An open office design is popular among many companies. An open layout uses floorspace more efficiently than multiple walls and doors, but it also means people are working closer together.
Some designers believe the open office layout will begin to fade, though others disagree.
“There’s a lot of benefit to spending time near daylight and fresh air, and an open plan facilitates that,” said Kevin Van Den Wymelenbery, Director of the Institute for Health in the Built Environment.
Those who want to keep the open feel, ensuring there is ample space between workspaces is a great place to start. Another option is to install glass walls or tall plexiglass dividers to help create separate work areas.
No matter the layout, airflow is one of the most critical factors of new commercial space design. With the right HVAC system, increased outdoor airflow and filtered air improve indoor air quality for all. Rather than circulating air in the room, new systems will pull exhaled air out of the room and push in filtered air.
Construction materials, especially those used for shared surface area, may also begin to change. Germ-resistant materials that prevent the growth of viruses, bacteria, and mold can help stop the spread of all infectious diseases. In addition, touchless technology will continue to see a rise for doors, elevators, and bathroom fixtures.
As we get ready to work with client for these new spaces, we’re excited to incorporate new design trends to make every space functional and safe for all!