2022 Workplace Trends: Multifaceted Outdoor Workspaces

2022 Workplace Trends: Multifaceted Outdoor Workspaces

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1. Features & Benefits

Whether an exterior space is a two-story balcony, a rooftop terrace, or an inhabitable garden, successful outdoor workspace includes features found in indoor office environments.  The most prolific type of outdoor space is the multi-tenant amenity terrace, which allows people from individualized office floors to 

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1. Features & Benefits

access the outdoors for individual focus and meetings as well as other work- or social-related events. The functionality of these spaces has expanded to accommodate alternative work, connecting, meeting, conference, collaboration, event, and dining venues. The challenge is to make an exterior amenity feel large enough and 

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unified while being human scaled.  This is best accomplished by supporting more intimately scaled areas around the periphery and along the terrace’s circulation patterns.

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2. Negotiating Climate

To make outdoor spaces appealing and ensure their comfort requires careful consideration of climate and building orientation.  Sun and wind are the baseline measures of success. Other features that foster habitability such as fire pits, fire bars, and heaters can also facilitate year-round use.

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2. Negotiating Climate

Plantings and shade trees reduce heat island effect, control sound transmission, and provide cover from the sun. Shade structures shelter individual spaces and group meeting zones.  Covered spaces allow use during a rain shower. Higher railings, windbreak configurations, and step-backs from a building’s edge improve 

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users’ sense of safety and reduce wind in tower garden terraces.

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3. Reclaiming & Connecting

Many outdoor workspaces are part of a complex that includes conference, fitness facilities, and event space, transforming what was once seen as low-use space, such as the roof of a parking deck, into sought after amenities.  The exterior space can host large events for either building or draw in the surrounding community when desired. After 

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3. Reclaiming & Connecting

nearly two years of isolation, people long for connectivity in their daily routine, both to each other and the outdoors.  We can accomplish both with well-designed exterior spaces.

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4. Intangibles

In the southeast and other parts of the country, outdoor space can be used and enjoyed during any season.  When the weather prevents occupancy, building users gain benefits from the direct connection to nature provided by views to green terraces and gardens. Garden features, and the ability to see them from within a building, also make the 

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office a more inviting place to be.

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