The most striking trends in the creation and coloring of workspaces are functionality, co-design, and a tendency towards environmental friendliness. At the same time, these space requirements create new challenges for developers, architects, designers, and artists.
For builders of flexible spaces, two factors are often important: the simplicity of the site and the design. But neither the convenient location nor the lack of distractions make the coworking spaces a ‘second home’ for visitors.
Colorful walls or elegant interiors also give the spaces an elegant look, but at the same time they do not create an impressive effect for visitors or form an emotional connection to the place.
The project’s environmental friendliness is also on the horizon: “green” projects require an additional understanding of the supporting infrastructure. Moreover, such an emphasis on the environment may not integrate smoothly into the context of co-working or coloring.
So what are the off-the-shelf styles that make public spaces livelier, add personalization to a unifying design, and track the green movement?
# 1. Color Accents
According to a study by HR firm Future Workplace, access to natural light and a beautiful view from a window was more important to office workers when choosing an office than having a coffee shop, fitness centers, and company concessions.
For example, a Co-working space in Fort Lauderdale It has stunning views. But not all public places can afford it – especially those in big cities.
To make the space more “human”, for example, a rethink of the color scheme towards pastel tints will help: from its perspective, even unnatural light becomes softer. If you do not have the opportunity to repaint the walls once, then interior accents that contrast with the existing color scheme will help solve the problem for a while.
The problem of “landscaping” can be solved by adding more shades of green to the interior, or by diluting it with flowers and plants – in the air or in pots. At the same time, the lack of a clear logic in the distribution of indoor plants and other interior accents will help to deal with the problem of uniformity of design and create a sense of uniqueness of space.
# 2. Playing with Zones
Dull everyday tasks, as well as familiar places, begin to bother. Try playing with zoning. Well, there is nothing new in dividing spaces into work and leisure spaces. Now designers tend to a simple division into functional rooms: for example, some people feel more comfortable working in silence, while others focus better in the midst of things – conversations and the sound of a coffee machine.
One solution could be the emergence of modular smart desks that can fit into the café space within the co-working space and coloring area, artificially increasing the working space and reducing the noise level.
Another way to modify space is to find a new center of gravity. In modern co-working spaces, strangers are often united by exclusively functional objects – printers, dishwashers, washing machines, etc.
So, for example, at Disney Animation Studios, the conference rooms in the center of the building were replaced by a cafe, which reduced the degree of formality in most business meetings and created additional scope for informal acquaintances.
# 3. Artifacts and installations
Attractive artistic objects also become “spontaneous” places where people talk, but their task, unlike functional solutions, is not only to spark conversations, but to encourage people to have a deep and abstract dialogue about everyday affairs.
The compositions also help to work with problem areas. For example, the Moscow Joint Action Center decided to transform the underground parking lot by adding tubes with lit water bubbles and plants floating on top of the water. This helped create a stunning effect and a “cosmic” atmosphere, which is not at all typical for an exclusive functional area.
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