TRENDS IN OFFICE DESIGN
WELLBEING OF STAFF
Sennex believes that office space, office design and of course, office designers all need to be environmentally focused however a new concept is emerging which extends this focus to include the wellbeing of staff. In this regard Sennex’s office designers who are already familiar with the BCA’s Green Mark for Office Interiors scheme are also now learning about the WELL standard and the key drivers that impact office design and the wellbeing of staff.
New modern office design trends and standards are emerging and it is important that corporate office designers in Singapore are conversant with these trends so that they can advise their Clients. Sennex is constantly working to build its knowledge platform for the beneﬁt of Clients. Introducing new office interior design ideas often meets with stakeholder resistance and therefore change management initiatives go hand in hand with the introduction of new office design ideas.
A BREAK FROM TRADITION
Sennex is well versed in initiating and rolling out such programmes to support new office interior design projects. Indeed, Sennex has recently completed such a project for Swire Paciﬁc Offshore. In this regard, Swire Paciﬁc Offshore [SPO] recently appointed Sennex as office designers and design build consultants for their new 30,000 sqft Asian HQ in Singapore. SPO’s management team championed an open plan office layout and new office interior design. The movement away from a cellular work environment was a break with tradition.
As a leading corporate interior design ﬁrm, Sennex was able to advise SPO on how best to optimize their office design and provide new office design ideas so as to overcome privacy issues whilst maintaining an open office space and office design. New office interior design ideas – activity based planning Selecting office desks is often a cost driven solution with little regard for the work typology to be undertaken. The one desk ﬁts all approach is common in Singapore.
PRODUCTIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT
A single office desk size certainly aids space planning but may not necessarily deliver the most efficient results in terms of space usage nor, yield the most productive work environment. Companies readily accept that status dictates workspace size allocation but, are seemingly reluctant to allocate work space and office desks based on activity. Activity based allocation of office desks & types of workspace based on functional needs may result in different types of work space and office desks being provided. Research suggests that this is particularly appropriate for knowledge workers who work both independently and collaboratively.
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