Innovative office design: What works and what doesn't?
June 16, 2009 3:15 PM Subscribe
Innovative Workspaces: What works and what doesn't?
posted by degrees_of_freedom to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I work for a big and quite old company, in a department that does financial and operational analysis. We're all holed off in offices on the edges and 6 ft cubes in the middle. It's grey and taupe. One executive called our floor "the morgue" because of the lifeless atmosphere.
So the boss got a budget to liven up the space.
Three others and I were put on a somewhat secret committee to redesign the office. Here are the parameters as I understand them.
- Encourage more interaction and creative problem solving.
- Create a money-is-no-object concept and design. No constraints except the outline of the floor.
- Create an ultra-frugal version.
- Create as many versions as we want.
- It may amount to nothing. There's already a folder - that we can't see - with ideas (from the boss? a pro designer?).
I'm no designer, but I've been researching innovative office spaces. It looks like design trends have moved towards reduced barriers, sofas instead of conference tables, lots of shared space and privacy/quiet rooms on the sides.
A few questions:
- Have you worked in this more communal, innovative style? What made you happy and effective, and what are the empty gimmicks?
- Have you converted from a conservative, cubicle world to something more forward-thinking? What changed?
- More generally: suggestions welcome. Concepts that work/didn't work for you, colors, furniture, wall dividers, floor plans, blogs, books, experts, photos of your awesome workspace, anything.
I'm having so much fun just being a part of this project, and I'd like to hear your point of view.