Shared workspaces and open plan designs have pretty much become the norm in the realm of office interior design.
Has Covid-19 put an abrupt end to such trends?
Open spaces are needed by many tech and creative businesses to encourage the exchange of ideas and rapid problem solutions through collaboration. Now that people are being encouraged to maintain optimal hygiene and minimise contacts with others, it seems that open spaces are going to gradually disappear from the map.
Obviously, this doesn’t have to be the case.
Experienced office interior design service providers know how to modify solutions to accommodate for their client’s needs.
Openness of spaces can still be maintained through the use of transparent partitions and dividers. Also, it’s possible to host fewer desks within a shared space. Having some people working remotely while others being present at the office to reduce the number of individuals within the same shift can also help businesses maintain open designs without jeopardising anyone’s health.
What’s likely to happen is the emergence of a hybrid design that takes and uses the best of both worlds.
Old-school isolated cubicles will not make a complete return. Rather, they will be modified to make people feel a part of the team. At the same time, cramped office spaces will be replaced with furniture pieces and accessories that encourage social distancing and keep people a sufficiently large distance away from each other.
Maybe that’s a good trend, giving individuals a bit of personal space while maintaining a culture of collaboration and frequent interactions with co-workers. The need for safety and health partitions will also potentially contribute to the development of new flexible solutions and the exploration of materials that could have been left under-utilised until now.
At the time being, we’re hopeful that the pandemic will reshape office spaces for good. Covid-19 sped up digitisation and tech transformation efforts in order to embrace the remote model. Now, it’s also likely to push for innovative interior design choices that some business owners were a bit scared to introduce prior to the beginning of 2020.
If you own a business and you’re seeking ways to make workplace interactions safer, the time has come to reconsider the interior design choices you’ve made.
Home Guide has decades of experience in the realm of office interior design planning and execution. We always strive to offer innovative solutions that are in line with contemporary realities. Contact us today to learn more and begin your transformative journey.