Reina Searlait Berthiaume Office Design April 20th, 2018 - 09:33:39
Employees have difficulty working productively in noisy environments, since stress levels increase and concentration is lowered. There are many design tricks architects can employ to deal with poor acoustics. Using the correct materials in the correct location is key to achieving the proper level of sound absorption. For example, ceiling tiles should generally be applied at a low ceiling height. If the ceiling is very high, then other methods need to be applied, such as lining the walls with fabric banners or acoustical wall panels to avoid the sound bouncing off of drywall or other non-absorbent materials. To keep voices from traveling too far, it is useful to places highly-absorbent materials at mouth level throughout the office. Another effective technique in limiting a noisy environment is to create a monotone background sound known as white noise. This can be achieved in a variety of ways, such as through the strategic placement of fans and air conditioners, the use of water fountains or by installing a sound masking audio system.
Combining Materials: With the multitude of useful materials available for your office and workstations design, it could be tempting to either take a very enthusiastic approach or try to use them all, or get overwhelmed and stick to the simple choices. It pays, however, to take a considered approach to using different materials in an office design. Too many clashing materials and the office become visually crowded and messy, too little and the office can seem dull. Often choosing one or two interesting materials to use throughout your office design can be very effective.
3. Amenities Rooms The inclusion of yoga or prayer rooms within an office design also seems to be a rising trend. As employees are spending more time at the office, companies are realising that there is a need for areas where they can unwind and just take a few minutes to themselves. These spaces are not always big, quite often designers just allow for a chair or two. This is not a common design choice for small companies. Rather, you will find these kinds of designs in the offices of large corporations or ones that have a high number of staff.
There are a few whiteboard and blackboard paints on the market that office designers are favouring because you can make your writing space as big or as small as you like. It isnt uncommon for entire walls to be painted so that employees have as much room as they like to list ideas or write out memos. The only hitch with this great office design trend is that it can be highly expensive. This has led to the increased popularity in the traditional blackboard (not painted, just your standard blackboard mounted onto the wall). Many designers believe that blackboards are more aesthetically pleasing then whiteboards. As blackboards can be hard to find these days, they are a little on the expensive side, but nowhere near the cost of the paint equivalent.