AN OPTIMAL WORKSPACE

As we move into the twenty-first century it has become evident that we are hungry for a new understanding of what our workspaces not only look like but how they can enhance our work life and productivity. Here are a few principles I keep in mind when creating a workspace:

LIGHTING

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Natural light contains what is called "blue light". It increases dopamine levels, boosts the immune system and lowers cortisol levels. This means that being in a naturally-lit room will make you feel less anxious, happier and more productive.

INDOOR AIR QUALITY

  Wilson Architects - Australia

Wilson Architects - Australia

Indoor air is essential in establishing a productive work space. Good air circulation and outdoor air is great for any work environment, adding plants can enhance it even further. Research shows plants instantly boost productivity by 15% in creating an optimal concentration while amplifying workplace satisfaction.

PRIVATE/PUBLIC SPACES

  Built by Domaen

Built by Domaen

A workspace that provides a private/public layout is optimal. Having a private space for focus and concentration with the flexibility of transitioning into a public area that can facilitate dynamic collaboration is more in line with our Twenty-first century needs.

FLEXIBILITY AND COMMUNITY

  Multifunctional, auditorium-style steps in New York’s co-working space Neuehouse, designed by Rockwell Group, are used for meetings, lectures and concerts; photos Eric Laignel.

Multifunctional, auditorium-style steps in New York’s co-working space Neuehouse, designed by Rockwell Group, are used for meetings, lectures and concerts; photos Eric Laignel.

Having communal areas to interact with colleagues is a great way to break away from the monotony of the workday. It is an ideal catalyst to bond and collaborate with coworkers.

INDIVIDUALITY

  AcousticPearls Architects

AcousticPearls Architects

Homogenous "herded" workspaces are thankfully dying out. Businesses are becoming aware that when a team member has a sense of a space they are more creative in their contributions to the collective. 

 

-Malek Alqadi