As the region’s annual event for the commercial architecture, design and real-estate sector, WORKSPACE presents the trends for the year ahead. The focus here is on clever usage of space, the movement towards natural light & materials, and integrated communication & technology.

Reconfigurable or flexible seating is a big trend with auxiliary spaces like auditoriums. Traditional auditoriums or public spaces can have this auxiliary space which will help pay the bills when the main stage is not being used.

These spaces usually use different layouts for different events so having reconfigurable seating is extremely beneficial to give the audience a great experience by maximizing seating capacity.

Charcoalblue and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) built a fully enclosed, year-round theatre chamber with nine audience seating towers, that can be rearranged in 12 different configurations, with audience capacities ranging from 150 to 850. Construction was completed in 18 months at a cost of only US$35m – or under half of what would have been required to build a new venue from scratch.

Reconfigurable seating | WORKSPACE Trends 2020

Image by James Steinkamp Photography

Tunable White technology
Designed for Human Centric Lighting (HCL) applications that balance the visual, emotional and biological needs of humans.

TW technology mimics natural daylight by producing the hues and brightness of nature during a 24-hour cycle. This mimicry can have a profound effect on humans by positively impacting the human body’s circadian rhythm, which is our 24-hour sleep-wake.

Cool white with its higher proportions of blue light can have a stimulating effect on people; warm white with higher proportions of yellow can have a calming effect. A TW solution can aid in improving occupant concentration, performance, and overall health and well-being.

Tunable white technology | WORKSPACE Trends 2020

Image by UPSHINE Lighting

Low-level mobile shelving systems
Dividing walls and tall storage shelves can help create a stronger sense of collaboration and community.

By opening up the office, this can open up staff to build on communication skills and social relationships, and help improve morale, wellbeing, and have a positive effect on productivity.

Low-level mobile shelving systems allow for high-density storage, making maximum use of space. Compared to a standard static storage system, mobile storage can offer a 33% increase in filing space.

Low-level mobile shelving systems | WORKSPACE Trends 2020

Image by Rackline

Going cloud
The cloud has been the most crucial change in the industry of late. Daniel Boddington, Systems Engineer for StarLeaf said “As the cloud becomes prevalent and integral to enterprise strategies, more and more organisations are implementing cloud solutions.

These strategies provide a safe and seamless experience supported by a robust security posture that will add greater value to customers.” The ability to use systems and devices that are cloud-enabled will drive greater efficiencies across the enterprise.

Boddington believes that IT professionals working with complex solutions will be able to use the cloud to scale operations and manage resources more efficiently.

Going cloud | WORKSPACE Trends 2020

Image by StarLeaf

Agile organization
If an organization chart depicts the structure of a company, what does it look like when the organization is fluid, with three-quarters of its employees rotating among teams?

“Like an amoeba,” laughs Carolyn Pierce, director of product management at McKinsey & Company. “‘Agile organizations,’ with flexible teams, will be the dominant new way of operating.

OrgLab is one such solution produced by McKinsey that helps organizations visualize their structure—and is often used when a company reorganizes, acquires a business, or undertakes a transformation. This solution, in particular, helps diagnose organizations, evaluate structure and security, and therefore help the client make informed decisions.

Agile Organization | WORKSPACE Trends 2020

Image by McKinsey & Company

Co-working Space Design
Co-working spaces are known for their interiors. The design is so well prepared and executed that a person falls in love with space in the first look.

Research shows that design within these spaces are getting better on a day-to-day basis. Sitting desks, standing desks, sofas, couch, bean bags are all normal.

Shared office spaces provide coworkers access to recreational activities within their office space. A sports room with foosball, table tennis, chess board are all things of the past. The co-working space design has evolved in a much brighter way.

Check out this picture of swings in a co-working space to understand how creativity is changing the traditional co-working spaces.

Co-working Space Design

Image by Innov8 India

Biophilia is still a new term in our design conversations but is fast becoming one of the most important considerations in the commercial design world.

Biophilic Design is essentially a continuation of the Sustainable Architecture movement. This movement created a wide variety of buildings that were both environmentally friendly and energy-efficient.

“Biophilic design is more than just bringing the outside in. It’s about making and strengthening a connection with many aspects of nature. It’s about natural light, views on nature, plants, natural materials, textures, and patterns.” – Oliver Heath, an industry-recognized expert in the field of sustainable architectural and interior design.

Holistic wellness at work
Employees want health and wellness benefits options that fit their needs and lives, and statistics bear that out. In MetLife’s 2019 Employee Benefit Trends Study, 55% of those surveyed said they would be more interested in working for a company offering holistic benefits.

Fifty-three percent of respondents said they would be more loyal to a company providing those benefits, while 52% stated they believed they would be more successful in both work and life with access to holistic benefits.

Generation Z and Millennial employees rated holistic benefits as slightly more important (57% versus 52%) in their responses.

Image by Rowan House

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