The office interior design of today is an entirely new genre than it used to be even ten years back in the past. Designers now have to abide by considerations that used to be considered completely frou-frou back in the day. You simply used to litter a huge hall with uncomfortable three-by-five cubicles and called it a day.
However, these days, there are entirely new concepts that have been cropping up to facilitate the new office lifestyle. No longer do we simply rely on the ‘cubicle’ mentality. In order to squeeze out utmost employee productivity, the owners tend to deliver great incentives in the form of a relatable environment and comfortable working spaces.
This phenomenon cannot be more apparent than in the movie, ‘The Internship.’ Chronicling the duration of internship of two middle aged men at Google, you can easily see how the workspace dynamic and design has evolved from the past. So without further ado, here’s a list of 5 things we learned about contemporary office interior design from The Internship.
Gone is the era of cramped offices with large physical barriers and boundaries. If you carefully observe the backdrop of this movie, you’ll see how all the internship activities take place in open spaces. There’s the orientation in the media room, the peer mingling in the huge auditorium and the briefing that takes place in the large recreation room. All of these spaces are now a must have in any multi-national corporation.
Interconnected Huddle Rooms
So what happens after you’re assigned a specific team in any office? You don’t simply go back to your desk and start individual work. Instead, you need a place to regroup with your team and brainstorm strategies. However, there’re aren’t exactly a limited number of teams in any office setting. Therefore, any respectable office interior design requires the strategic placement of several interconnected briefing or huddle rooms. In fact, a plethora of huddle rooms have been featured throughout the movie – they’re transparent, sound proof and offer the essential working space.
No contemporary office interior design is ever complete without technology. Whether it’s the huge cluster of LCED screens in official meeting rooms, or the everyday office equipment that employees use – each and everything should be an inherent part of the interior design. Every office has its own relevant technology, so every interior design should be exclusive enough to accommodate it.
Incorporating nature in interior designs is a huge trend these days. Better known as Biophilia, there have been innumerable studies that have compiled statistical figures on employee productivity being increased through exposure to natural elements. You can see how large, open spaces have been part of the fictional Google Headquarters in The Internship. You can even see a number of plants and large windows that let in a lot of natural light throughout the backdrop of this movie.
Another thing you notice about the office interior design in The Internship is how visually dynamic the entire ambience is portrayed to be. There is a constant visual noise in every backdrop – sometimes in the form of colourful post-its, sometimes in the form of colourful workstation and furniture. The point is, no longer do office interior designs tend to be dull and dreary; you can definitely use vivid colours to bring in an energetic atmosphere for the users.
At Home Guide, we’ve been designing interiors in Singapore for more than two decades. We understand the need to emphasize individuality and work according to the changing workspace dynamics. We understand evolution, and our designs are always on-point on delivery.