21 Oct Trends in office design
Sennex believes that office space, office design and of course, office designers all need to beenvironmentally focused however a new concept is emerging which extends this focus toinclude the wellbeing of staff. In this regard Sennex’s office designers who are already familiarwith the BCA’s Green Mark for Office Interiors scheme are also now learning about the WELLstandard and the key drivers that impact office design and the wellbeing of staff. New modernoffice design trends and standards are emerging and it is important that corporate officedesigners in Singapore are conversant with these trends so that they can advise their Clients.Sennex is constantly working to build its knowledge platform for the benefit of Clients.Introducing new office interior design ideas often meets with stakeholder resistance andtherefore change management initiatives go hand in hand with the introduction of new officedesign ideas. Sennex is well versed in initiating and rolling out such programmes to support newoffice interior design projects. Indeed, Sennex has recently completed such a project for SwirePacific Offshore. In this regard, Swire Pacific Offshore [SPO] recently appointed Sennex asoffice designers and design build consultants for their new 30,000 sqft Asian HQ in Singapore.SPO’s management team championed an open plan office layout and new office interior design.The movement away from a cellular work environment was a break with tradition. As a leadingcorporate interior design firm, Sennex was able to advise SPO on how best to optimize theiroffice design and provide new office design ideas so as to overcome privacy issues whilstmaintaining an open office space and office design. New office interior design ideas – activity based planningSelecting office desks is often a cost driven solution with little regard for the work typology to beundertaken. The one desk fits all approach is common in Singapore. A single office desk sizecertainly aids space planning but may not necessarily deliver the most efficient results in termsof space usage nor, yield the most productive work environment. Companies readily accept thatstatus dictates workspace size allocation but, are seemingly reluctant to allocate work spaceand office desks based on activity. Activity based allocation of office desks & types of workspace based on functional needs may result in different types of work space and office desksbeing provided. Research suggests that this is particularly appropriate for knowledge workerswho work both independently and collaboratively.