Innovation drives the next generation of office space. The winners of NAIOP’s 2014 Interior Design/Build-Out of the Future competition are carving the way for upcoming office interiors. Each winner brought something new to the table, but they all contained four characteristics in common: flexible areas, individual control, sustainability, and wellness.
Ware Malcomb, one of the winners, was able to balance diligent work areas with a sustainable and healthy environment. These work areas include a desktop with a SMART panel surface, a cone of silence for a quiet work environment, and a standing desk that functions as a treadmill or a stationary bike. Ware Malcomb’s design clearly focuses on productivity in the work place, but their concentration is more on occupant comfort. Their office concept offers an outside air system that filters 100 percent outdoor air for optimal air quality. On top of that, walls and ceilings will have the ability to light themselves through organic light-emitting diode sheets.
DLR Group, another winner, emphasizes collaboration in their office concept, “The magnet”. This designer’s model involves the most collaborative spaces in the middle of the office, while work areas called quiet zones are placed on the outer edges. This way, workers will minimize interruption through superior office design. Similar to Ware Malcomb’s concept, DLR included an outside air system with strategically placed biowalls, giving the office a soothing atmosphere.
Dekker/Perich/Sabatini offered an additional winning architectural idea that brings out-of-office activities to the workplace in order to reduce commute time and expand the boundaries of the workday. Not only does their office plan include a private dining area and coffee bar, but it also includes amenities such as child and pet care. This way, workers will be less distracted by their food needs and errand urges. On top of those eccentric conveniences, wellness in the office will be included with a walking path wrapping around the building and a green rooftop for the occupants to garden at their convenience.