OFFICE DESIGN TRENDS 2022

OFFICE DESIGN TRENDS 2022

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1. The Smart Office has Arrived

The advent of hybrid working has also fuelled a shift towards increased use of smart technology within the workplace.  This technology is designed to allow booking of workspaces, sensors to monitor air quality, natural light levels and space utilisation, and to share that data to better understand how spaces are used and to adapt accordingly. 

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1. The Smart Office has Arrived

We believe that this is just the start and with the emergence of “digital twin” technology to further enhance the level of data that organisations can harness to improve workplaces and embrace increased adoption of smart technology.

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2. Artwork in the Workplace

Including artwork as a feature in prominent areas adds key brand messages. Wall art or graphics communicates the brand to staff and visitors. Artwork has been proven to be more than merely decorative.  It can help to boost productivity in many cases and also inspire creativity – you can find out more in our dedicated article looking at the impact of art in the workplace

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3. Integrating Hybrid Working and the Physical Workplace

In terms of hybrid working and how it impacts actual physical office design, it has led to growing importance and emphasis on designing a workplace to act as a social anchor, a space where human interaction is encouraged through smart design and layout.  Whilst employees will increasingly work away from 

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3. Integrating Hybrid Working and the Physical Workplace

the office, the need for face-to-face encounters when in the office paradoxically becomes all the more critical. This involves rethinking spaces to look at typical flows or journeys through a workplace and optimising them to encourage and stimulate conversation and interaction – think social/breakout spaces, think kitchen areas, think 

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3. Integrating Hybrid Working and the Physical Workplace

coffee machines, think water coolers and critically as designers think about we can motivate occupants to interact with these spaces and consequently colleagues.

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4. Provide staff with a variety of work settings

As referenced earlier, we are strong advocates of designing a workplace that empowers staff and which provides settings to suit all work styles and work types.  As staff become less tied to a stationary, sedentary work setting, perched at a desk from 9-5, the workplace has adapted (and will continue to do so) to include spaces designed to 

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4. Provide staff with a variety of work settings

facilitate concentration, collaboration, reflection and also Mindfulness and Wellbeing are core themes whenever we discuss office design with clients and whether they are moving to a new space or refurbishing an existing space, the focus has shifted to ensuring the workplace works for those working in it.

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5. The Sustainable Workplace has moved up the Agenda (Again)

There are areas where design can have a positive sustainable impact including the use of upcycled furniture, materials with high recycled content and a focus on optimising natural light to reduce energy usage. Coupled with emerging technologies that act to monitor building and space usage or that create a digital twin, it will become easier to 

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5. The Sustainable Workplace has moved up the Agenda (Again)

implement data-driven changes to improve sustainability and energy efficiency.

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6. Biophilic Office Space – Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

Biophilia refers to our instinctive bond with our natural surroundings (see our article on biophilic office design).  From living walls to office gardens, we are becoming more in touch with the environment. Plants have various beneficial properties. They help to absorb noise and offer quieter secluded spaces. 

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6. Biophilic Office Space – Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

Plants can also create distinct zones which can help to separate spaces within open-plan offices; for example, the use of crate shelving.

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