Office Design Trends in 2020
Each year, new research emerges around the built environment – providing valuable insight into how office design trends can impact employee wellbeing, productivity, talent retention and so much more.
Globally, companies are adopting more sustainable work practices, technological innovation is driving change and the experience economy is shaping the way we live and work. As our office design experts respond to these social cues, we’re expecting big things from 2020. Trust us, you’ll want to stay up-to-date with the top 5 office design trends in 2020.
- The experience economy
The notion that experiences – rather than things – make us happy, influence us and drive us has revolutionised the way we live. So, it’s no surprise that the same notion is about to revolutionise the way we work.
Office design trends in 2020 are linked to the hospitality and leisure industries. Expect to see office layouts that resemble hotel ‘zones’ – with spaces for people to immerse themselves in high-concentration areas, connect in collaboration hubs and kick-back in rejuvenation zones.
- Sustainable design
As a society, we are becoming increasingly aware of our impact on the environment. As businesses, we need to do even more to reduce our carbon footprint and build a more sustainable future. So, it’s no surprise that sustainable design practices and sustainable materials are set to become a huge office design trend in 2020.
- Flexible workspaces
Yes, flexible workspaces have been around for a while now – but they are an office design trend we predict will explode in 2020.
For one, we live in an era of rapid change and development. And, seeing as there is no way to predict the future, the only way businesses can prepare for it is to enable and encourage flexible work practices – so they’re prepared for everything.
- Sleep pods
The best employers know that people are more productive when their physical and mental wellbeing is prioritised. However, while some forward-thinking companies are making strides in the wellbeing department – implementing fitness initiatives, providing fresh fruit and organising company socials – there is one fundamental component to wellbeing that continues to get a bad rep in the business world: sleep.
- Smart offices
In 2020, it’s no longer enough for offices to be offices. They have to be smart offices.
According to Pryke, “2020 will be about digital information and the Internet of Things – that’s the top of the list.” Pryke adds, “it’s all about making spaces smart so they understand what’s going on and can react to it. Clever – right?”