Designing for Success: The Office ISBN 9781920744656
Like working hours, which have changed significantly over the years, so have the places we work in. Offices, once enclosed to ensure privacy are now, in many cases, open and transparent, with few dividing screens. Finishes and materials once used exclusively in homes now appear in offices, creating warm environments conducive to productivity and creativity. New attitudes to collaborative work have encouraged the development of 'breakout' spaces, informal meeting areas, and fully equipped kitchens and entertainment areas. New technology used in offices has led to changes in design, as have the expectations of employees for more pleasant working environments hat incorporate natural light, ventilation and flexibility in the use of spaces. The book explores more than 50 different offices, from home offices, experimental spaces, and traditional offices, to those more akin to 5-star hotels. The author's aim is to encourage us all to rethink our workspaces.