We are involved in a number of contemporary workplace design projects. Below are some of the design principles that we currently work with as the modern workplace becomes increasingly fluid, mobile and technologically immersive.
Maker spaces allow employees to directly come up with their own ideas and solutions to problems, using the latest prototyping technology - reducing barriers to innovation.
It goes without saying that fresh air and greenery make us feel happier and healthier. Many offices of the future will take this further and grow their own vegetables for use in a communal kitchen.
Collaboration and brainstorming should take place in a space where you feel good, whether it is beautiful, in a den, elevated, is comfortable or cosy.
Physical or relaxation focused activities help your body and mind function more efficiently. It can also be a good time for solving problems and coming up with new ideas.
Augmented reality means that it is easier to transform a workspace, whether for leisure purposes as per above or for more directly work related activities such as designing.
Flexible devices such as Microsoft's Surface device, laptops and digital pens, allow easy reconfiguration and make the paperless office a true possibility, reducing the amount of semi-permanent and permanent fixtures and hence physical barriers to collaboration.
Immersive tech will continue to evolve and augment our way of working. We need to create spaces that allow for this constant change, while taking advantage of all the things on offer.
New translation and multi-lingual technologies will bring people together both physically and virtually, reducing communication barriers and increasing diversity.