Over the past two years, workspaces have changed significantly in ways that have never been seen before—and have arguably changed for the better. Health and wellness are finding a center stage in the world of interior design. The average person spends more than 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, so workspaces quickly reflect changes in interior design trends.
As trends swiftly change to accommodate wellness and teamworking, and technology develops exponentially faster, workplaces change with them. Let's take a closer look at eight office design trends of the future.
1. Including Outdoor Spaces
Outdoor spaces have long been seen as a 'nice-to-have' benefit that might increase the allure of a workspace for potential employees. An outdoor space might include a courtyard, a rooftop garden, balconies, or even a private communal terrace. As research continues to reveal the connection between nature and wellbeing, having an outside space will be a focal point for future office spaces.
2. Hybridized Teams
'Hybrid team' and 'hybrid offices' were far less common prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now, a flexible work environment has become more commonplace, and office spaces are starting to reflect that. Future offices are being designed to be more supportive of hybrid teamworking layouts. That means they will support both in-person and remote collaboration spaces so that both employees working in the office and those working from home are supported in terms of functionality.
3. Resimercial Design: The Trend for Comfortable Offices
'Resimercial design' is another relatively new design term that refers to the comfort we derive from homely, residential comforts. These comforts often take shape in the form of soft materials, round shapes, and soft lighting features. These design characteristics are helping to shape future offices into spaces where employees can feel welcome and safe, encouraging a positive, creativity-fueled work environment instead of those only fueled by the pressure of efficiency. This includes incorporating comfortable furniture, carpeted spaces, and patterned walls.
4. Sustainable Impact of Naturalistic Materials
Office designers are becoming increasingly aware of the impact of their choice of building materials on the climate. Increasingly, employees are demanding environmentally-friendly spaces in which to work as well. Therefore, to attract more employees, employers take their concerns into account by taking responsibility for the materials used in the building and furnishing of an office.
The future of sustainable office materials will largely incorporate eco-conscious products from manufacturers. These might include companies that are B-corp certified or those that can prove their products are carbon neutral. Businesses that produce electrical products should also have information available about their products' energy efficiency, especially since you can use this to market your business better to both clients and potential employees.
5. Collaborative Working Spaces Instead of Private Enclaves
A collaborative working environment is one of the primary goals of future office designs. Working as a team to encourage creative thinking and seeing through a variety of lenses has propelled successful businesses forward faster in recent years. This is reflected in the way that offices get laid out, with more large team-working spaces instead of small office cubicles. Offices with open-floor plans or innovative floor plans that combine collaborative and private spaces are rapidly becoming the norm.
Another aspect of this office design trend is the creation of what's called 'neurodiverse spaces.' These are meant as spaces to encourage mental wellbeing among employees. These spaces cater to psychological and physical needs, such as mothering rooms, prayer rooms, and even yoga spaces to help reduce mental and emotional issues that inhibit employees' ability to work and augment individual employee strengths.