Dominant Trends in Office Design

by CoyDavidson on October 19, 2011


We had the corporate interiors team from Ziegler Cooper in the office today for a presentation. I asked the question, “What are the dominant trends they are seeing in office design today?” The consensus opinion from the Ziegler Cooper workplace team was designing the office around enhancing collaboration and increased efficiency.

Office Design Trends:

  • Increased Efficiency to Lower Costs:  The cost of real estate continues to climb and companies are continuing to look at ways to do more with less.
  • Standardization of space allocations: Companies are standardizing their space allocations and they are seeing space allocations with less variance based on rank to offer more flexibility with expansion.
  • More open environment with emphasis on collaboration: Many companies with the exception of the oil and gas industry are moving towards more open environments. The walls are coming down and more smaller meeting and training rooms with the latest digital technology are being incorporated into the floor plan.
  • Space Design around Teams: Rather than designing space around department and function, space layouts are situated around teams and projects.
  • Jeremy Neuer

    We have seen the same things with our clients as well. The challenge will be if everyone is getting more efficient, how how will the building systems be impacted? And how do suburban buildings handle the parking? 

  • Jeremy, you make a good point about the parking and building systems. I just went through this on a deal where my client is benching most of their staff and they are extremely dense. Selecting a building with adequate parking or getting the building to provide a sufficient parking allocation can be challenging.

  • Steve Ryherd

    Open collaborative space is fine as long as they understand the impacts and plan appropriately for private enclosed spaces like conference rooms. Speech privacy and sound isolation should be integrated into the design from the beginning because addressing these issues later is more difficult and expensive.

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