If there’s one thing that we love at Alliance, it’s discovering and embracing new trends that make their way into the real estate market. One of the biggest trend-setters in commercial real estate right now is the idea of collaborative and creative office space. This innovative design trend has been tailored to the younger, fresher workforce and developers are taking note.
These five design trends are some of the most popular features of a creative office space, and are poised to help building owners and developers cater to the millennial workforce and the creative office spaces they desire.
#1: Open Floor Plan
Newer office spaces no longer have secluded cubicles and separate areas for each individual worker. This open-concept trend allows for everyone to be in a space together for a more connected office feel. The walls of cubicles are coming down and opening up office spaces for more collaboration and relaxation. Having an open floor plan will make the office space seem bigger and more spacious.
#2: Kitchen Area
One of the most sought after amenities in an office space is a kitchen area. Workers enjoy having a place to store their lunch, snacks and drinks for when needed throughout the day. Most workers appreciate being able to bring food from home to store at work because it saves them money and time during lunch and during the day when hunger strikes. The kitchen area gives the office a homey touch that gives workers comfort.
These area’s are being taken to a new extreme with full cafes and meeting spaces designed around working - and eating - together.
#3: Large Meeting Areas
Larger lounge spaces and conference areas are a design trend that’s essential to any functional office. Many offices now have conference rooms that have glass windows throughout to make the room seem bigger for meetings. Some even have a view of the city. Giving workers multiple spaces to meet helps encourage them to work together and focus on important tasks and projects. These large areas also help with company culture, as more businesses are choosing to have “whole-office” meetings to encourage collaboration and team building.
#4: Rooftop Garden
Sometimes nature can be the best ingredient for sparking creativity. Creative spaces are now including rooftop gardens to help workers get a breath of fresh air without having to leave the office. Creative businesses often work off laptops, so when the chance arises, workers have the option to work from the rooftop, giving them a fresh view to inspire and motivate them.
#5: Brighter Walls
Colorful and bright walls keep workers awake and excited during the day. Whiteboards and chalkboards throughout the office help get creative juices flowing. Implementing these creative outlets for workers keeps the office fun and open to new ideas and concepts. Many creative spaces have beanbags, board games and other entertainment pieces for workers to use during breaks. Modern furniture will also brighten up office space and create a clean, fresh look.
Creative businesses are looking for the opportunity to create an office space that is designed specifically for their unique business. They want something that exhibits their business’ personality and creativity to anyone who walks into their office. Developers and building owners can attract and tailor to these creative businesses by offering fewer restrictions on design and decorating and more open floor plans to give businesses creative freedom to do whatever they want with the space.
Learn more about creative office design trends by connecting with our team of professionals at Alliance HSP.