It’s no secret that our environment has a direct impact on our mood. From boosting serotonin levels, to improving efficiency and morale, it’s vital that employers are improving their working environments to benefit employees where possible. If you’re in the process of building a new workspace, office architecture should be a key consideration. The choices you make during the design phase will ultimately have a big impact on your team’s overall energy levels, enthusiasm, and efficiency.
Key elements to think about
The design phase can be a whirlwind, with lots of different elements to consider. The good news, however, is your architects should be able to give you plenty of direction when it comes to practicality and making the most of the space you have.
Below, we’ve listed a few key considerations when it comes to office architecture…
It goes without saying that above all else, your office needs to have a high level of functionality. Whilst an ultra-modern, aesthetic workspace would be lovely, practicality shouldn’t be compromised. For example, having a huge kitchen finished with a big, barista style coffee machine and breakfast bar may be nice in principle, but do you really have the room for this?
When you work with Munday + Cramer, our architects will help you to find the perfect middle ground, allowing you to have the best of both worlds. Remember, as much as you want your employees to feel satisfied in their aesthetic surroundings, at the end of the day, they still need to be able to get the task at hand done quickly and efficiently.
What’s the number one office perk you could give your team, you ask? Natural light! This is something that lots of workspaces lack and it only lowers productivity among your workforce. One study even reported that 47% of surveyed people said they felt exhausted due to lack of light whilst working.
Through carefully thought-out office architecture, businesses are able to create a light, airy space for their staff. Windows, skylights, and other glass features are hugely popular. You should also consider your interior design choices too – utilise lighter colours where possible to make your workplace feel roomier!
Room for expansion
Additionally, within your design plans, you should also consider the possibility and opportunity for expansion. Property is expensive and these prices are only predicted to increase. But what if we said you could avoid having to open multiple offices? Brands can save a significant amount of money during growth phases if they think about space saving during the office architecture process.
Munday + Cramer are a team of RIBA qualified architects, helping clients across Essex and the surrounding areas. In addition to design, our offices are also home to departments specialising in surveying, procurement, facilities, and project management.
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