Design & Interiors
Designers of workplace environments need to move away from a “one size fits all” approach based exclusively around open plan spaces, because these workplaces are creating disengagement and alienation among many employees.
In commercial workplace design, there’s plenty of change. Offices are now being influenced by residential and hospitality design, while work continues to grow ever mobile. Even open plan design seems on the way out. We chat to Peter Black, director of independent workplace consultancy, 5Projects, about how facilities managers are navigating the changing landscape.
Bringing natural life into our built environments could be the answer to increasing well being and health in our workplaces.
Open-plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and collaboration among workers. But an innovative new study has found that employees in open-plan offices spend 73% less time in face-to-face interactions. Email and messaging use shot up by over 67%.
Productivity is key to optimising workplace performance — and the design and facilities of work spaces play a significant role in increasing productivity, enhancing efficiency, and encouraging collaboration. We’re already experiencing open-plan offices and collaborative spaces, but what about science-backed design, environmental elements, and modular fit outs? Here are five design and facility ideas that can boost workplace productivity.
Industrial building conversion has become increasingly common in residential real estate, but what happens when a heritage building loses its shine and is reinvigorated to generate new business? The results can be magical. We’ve found six Australian offices that have breathed new life into buildings built between the 1880s and 1970s.
Modern manifestations of work, play and home continue to blur the boundaries of conventional office spaces. We’re already experiencing fit outs as luxe as lounge rooms, but what about boardrooms that mirror dining rooms? Or outdoor work areas as cosy as courtyards? Here’s our round up of the newest and most stylish work spaces that’ll have you seeing double. So, while there’s no place like home, your work space isn’t far behind.
Hotels are so hot right now. All over the world, global brands are shifting and merging to provide guests with the most memorable hotel experiences, and capitalise on a growing demographic obsessed with the latest trends. In Australia, the hotel market is growing too; it’s about time. And for the first time in many years, there’s a smorgasbord of new hotel builds offering architects and designers an opportunity to have some fun and frivolity, while delivering some serious luxury and high-tech smarts. Here’s our round up of the latest and greatest.
It’s now been 10 years since Open House Melbourne first threw open its doors to a delighted, design curious city. In 2017’s anniversary edition, Annie Reid discovers how regeneration can keep changing a city for the better.
There’s no doubt timber is a reliable acoustic material, and Ceilector’s Timber collection is superior. Along with product – both standard panels and cusomised – they offer the technical project support required for all types of various applications. The result is a professional finish and optimal acoustics. In the recent fit-out of SC Johnson’s 2,400sqm […]