The office landscape keeps on changing. In the beginning, there were individual offices. Years later, these were replaced by cubicles. This was then followed by open floor plans and today, we have something called the palette of places. Advancement in technology is changing things in every field including design. This makes it possible to have an office that suits your needs in the modern white-collar business. This makes it possible for people to sit in different places when performing different office tasks. The new design beats the one size-size-fits all phenomena. At the same time, some corporate have adopted the open floor plans because they can fit more workers into a smaller space. What they forget is that the idea of open office was meant to drive collaboration. This is something that experts have all agreed upon, that these corporates went too far in stacking workbenches and row of desks. At the end of the day, they have managed to create more annuity than the desired efficiency. Steelcase researcher David Lathrop agrees that it can be terrible when the design is used as an answer to workspace design. He further says that the new model is largely open. At the same time, he contradicts himself by saying that it’s not entirely open.
The researcher further says that the revised thinking can be effective in bringing people together. However, he emphasizes the need for standing tables and team spaces. At the same time, there are the movable walls and comfortable couches. The idea also emphasizes the need for privacy. This is the case with tasks that might require intense concentration. However, this should not be taken as going back to the private office days. Instead, with the modern design, it should be taken to mean having bigger and enough spaces. At the same time, there should be places where one can seek solitude. This means soundproof phone booths, isolation rooms, and areas where technology is not allowed. Another office designer known as Frank Cuevas further says that there is the need to tweak the offices as things change. This calls for versatility. Frank Cuevas is an office designer with the IBM. He says office design is not something that you can settle with. The new standards are coming from the unexpected places. It’s not coming from the Silicon Valley companies that have set a reputation for free food and a carefree spending. The new design has been inspired by a Buddhist monk.