The debate on office design has been raging for as long as there have been offices. Whether it’s better to opt for open, airy office space or multiple private closed spaces is still a topic of hot debate.
Trends have come and gone, and there has been a lot of research conducted into how the different plans affect how we feel and how productive we are. As with many of these divisive issues, the solution usually lies somewhere in the middle ground.
Coworking spaces have also had to contend with different ideas about the type of office design that works best. At Areaworks, we can see both sides of the debate and we have come up with custom designs for our collaborative workspaces that cater to both. This means offering both open and private spaces to our coworkers. Our aim is to strike a healthy balance which gives everyone in the space the best of both worlds.
Getting a perfect office isn’t easy, and this is why we’re always open to new ideas that will make each shared workspace a better place to work for our members. Offices are like homes, they develop over time and take on an atmosphere that is largely down to the people who occupy them, and so we do our best to create a vibe that is conducive to great productivity with collaborative potential.
There are many pros and cons to both types; but, which design suits you?
Open offices are airy, accessible and have a communal feel.
Closed offices have separate sections for individuals to occupy.
As mentioned, we at Areaworks have come up with a solution that aims to give every individual or company the space they need (or want). We combine open areas with private spaces so that you can choose the right space for whatever stage of work you’re at.
With our available spaces, we combine the best of both worlds without the need to compromise –private spaces for meetings and those times when you need to seriously knuckle down, and open-plan spaces for when you want to be around other people or are working on a collaborative project.
We’re also hugely passionate about great breakout spaces. Having a place where you can be casual, have a coffee, chat or just unwind is essential. Not only does it give you a chance to recharge so you can go back to your work with renewed drive, but it also means that there are fewer distractions in the working areas.
Instead of huge spaces crammed with desks, we create zones that allow you to do what you need to do in comfort. We’re crazy about plants in the office, and these break up the space and add to the light and airy feel while providing some buffering between different zones.
The result is not one space, but a series of spaces that work together to give everyone a dynamic, working office that doesn’t just accommodate people, but actually supports their productivity and encourages collaboration. Collaborative workspaces are all about making it easy for people to reach out to each other, but that is just one half of the story – once connections have been made, ideas have been shared and relationships have been forged, there is always a need for the peace and quiet, and privacy that you get with the closed office style.
At Areaworks, we’ve had the pleasure of watching businesses grow and flourish. We have seen freelancers become companies and lone workers become coworking collaborators. We’ve always remained flexible and adaptable to meet the changing needs of the people working within our coworking spaces. A good office design is great, but what about when your needs change? Coworking can adapt to your changing needs in the way that a home office or private office space cannot.
Customising your workspace to meet your unique needs is the key to getting things done well. If you’re looking for a collaborative workspace for rent and you want to get a feel of our unique spaces, then the best way to do it is to drop in and have a tour. Check out how our space can facilitate your business and grab a coffee while you’re here.