We take a look at our the 5 office design features that make a fantastic co-working space!
1 – Collaboration spaces
Office furniture manufactures have met the challenge. There are lots of options with office furniture layouts to create space within a project for this. With increasing popularity, collaborative areas create a space for new ideas and communication. Therefore, creating zones which act as a creative hub are vital for a start-up or freelancer. Co-working spaces are able to provide a ‘safe-space’ to work alongside new professionals. Allowing individuals to have the flexibility to work in a collaborative environment.
2 – Quiet working areas
Collaboration areas may be all fun and games, but sometimes you just need a quiet space to be able to focus on a particular task. Again, the modern office furniture market has made new products such as pods and moveable meeting capsules and rooms that do this. That’s why having a balance of quiet working areas is also required to create a calm space and increase concentration levels in an environment which promotes reflection and analysis.
It’s important to keep in mind that co-working spaces are about creating a work-life balance. Adding informal spaces into the design is vital to keeping up with modern day expectations of the workspace which is no longer confined to the 9-5 daily grind. Therefore informal breakout areas provide a great solution, reducing stress and increasing productivity.
4 – Health conscious working
You can create a flexible working environment for your clients by providing different ways of working. Therefore sit-stand desks are a great way of offering a health-conscious way of working. Equally it’s important to keeping health & well-being at the forefront of design, to work in an adjustable way to what suits their needs.
5 – Community, creativity and culture
It’s vital to instil a sense of community and culture into your co-working environment. This is a major factor in why freelancers and start-ups decide to move away from the home office. You can do this through the use of wall graphics, lighting, and other finishes to create a specific atmosphere for the environment, providing new scenery to take you away from the monotony of a regular office space.
It’s clear that co-working spaces are growing in popularity, as the effectiveness of collaborative areas are proving to be a successful way for freelancers and start-ups to thrive, acting as an incubator for new business. Co-working spaces offer the flexibility, creativity, and culture for a small business to succeed.
To find out more take a look at our case study on co-working spaces, or get in touch!
(original post Chameleon BI Jan ’19)