An ongoing revolution of working culture requires new spatial solutions for the changing needs of people. Old-fashioned offices are going through a transformation towards an activity based model. On the other hand, the amount of small enterprises and startups is rapidly increasing. Even though modern technology allows people to work remotely wherever, people still long for social interactions and value the power of collaboration. Shared workplaces or coworkings serve these purposes really well.
In this article, we will have a look at the most important factors when it comes to a coworking space design:
In a coworking space collaboration is strongly encouraged. Users of a coworking space understand the value of being connected through events and networking. Thus, first and foremost, the spatial solutions must support interactions.
A great coworking space must offer a variety of arenas and services for different purposes: variable work stations, common kitchen area, meeting rooms, makerspace, printing services, phone booths and even special features like, for example, a bike-rental possibility.
Generally, a coworking space doesn’t require commitment. Visitors rent a space monthly or simply buy a one-day pass. Hence, the interior design of the space must be multi-functional and adapt easily to the constantly changing users.
Example Case of Coworking Space Design
In the previous article, we wrote about our recent project for the Open Innovation House.
As a part of the project, we created a new coworking space design on the 3rd floor of the building. This coworking space accommodates variable working opportunities from bench work stations to casual teamwork areas and ideation spaces. Another important part of the project was an open summer terrace planning, which we redesigned to support social interaction and events.
Variable sets of furniture facilitate multi-functional usage of the spaces. Large white boards and chalkboard surfaces encourage sharing ideas and brainstorming together. Finally, coffee and ice-cream carts work as a perfect attraction spots for spontaneous meetings!