Artificial Intelligence is a concept on everyone’s lips right now. Today, AI can create written content, video, and images, and answer pointed questions. Its capabilities are growing more and more impressive as technology develops. So, what does AI know about office design? We asked AI what makes a great modern office, and these are some of its responses.
Open and Collaborative Spaces: Modern offices often feature open layouts that encourage employee collaboration and communication. Open spaces allow for easy interaction, idea-sharing, and teamwork.
While this is true, it doesn’t paint the full picture. Despite the rise in popularity of open spaces, which seek to do away with walls segregating teams to create a more collaborative and cohesive space, they must be carefully designed. Their creation isn’t as simple as knocking a wall down. Open spaces can be a breeding ground for noisiness, which can be off-putting for workers trying to work on complex tasks.
That’s why, across the collaborative schemes we create, you’ll see ‘halos’ hanging from the ceiling and fabric dividers. These are designed with acoustic absorbing materials to soak up excessive sound and make sure your new, open, and collaborative space is a place that can perform at its best without any distracting side effects.
Natural Light and Biophilic Design: Incorporating natural light and elements of nature into the office space is a key aspect of modern design. Large windows, skylights, and the use of plants and greenery create a more pleasant and energising work environment.
These are two key aspects which are often overlooked in office design. An office can be equipped with the slickest technology and the comfiest of chairs, but if it lacks natural light, staff’s moods and mental health can dip. Natural light boosts vitamin D and can ward off seasonal depression. Exposure to natural light can also reduce headaches and sore eyes and even help us sleep better as it helps harmonise with our circadian rhythms. Artificial office lighting, meanwhile, can cause migraines.
Biophilia isn’t just about adding a touch of greenery to a space, either. Having plants in the office is vital in soaking up unwanted toxins from the air and purifying it in the process. This is particularly useful in buildings with poor ventilation, where a lack of clean air can lead to headaches and difficulty in concentrating. So, natural light and biophilia aren’t just aesthetic features; they are paramount in creating environments where your workforce can thrive.
Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility: Modern office design embraces sustainability by incorporating eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient lighting systems, recycling facilities, and promoting environmentally conscious practices.
For most of our clients, their new office design needs to be planet friendly. This is vital in both saving costs and protecting the earth’s resources. However, navigating the world of sustainable workspace design can be complex, so working with design and build experts can help cut through the noise and find the best solutions for you.
From recycling your old office furniture to procuring responsibly manufactured desks, flooring, chairs and beyond, we can make many sustainable choices. As we’re not tied to contracts with furniture providers, we can select the right furniture for your business and space. We also look at the longevity and recyclability of furniture. By doing so, when it’s time to replace or upgrade, we can ensure its materials can remain in the resource streams. This greatly contributes to the circular economy of our clients.
Full-service fit-outs allow us to take the building back to its bare basics and optimise every detail for improved energy efficiency and heat retention, we can create spaces that use less energy to heat and stay hotter for longer. We can also install heat pumps which produced 73% less carbon than gas heating.
Read on to find out more about our CAT A and CAT B works and what can do for your business.