Over the last three or so years, there has been a huge rise in the popularity of shared offices, renting desks, and co-working spaces. As aspiring entrepreneurs, successful start-up owners and digital freelancers flock to these tech hotspots, it is important for office designers and fit out companies to take note. Offices are changing. Here are three trends that you’ll need to nail if you want to win that tender – featuring real life examples.
- Open Plan Fit Outs
Melbourne co-working space The Commons harbours multiple companies with full time space, as well floating desks for part time individuals in their 1600 sqm office fit out.
For fit outs like this, office designers have to take into account the specific set up and layout of work stations to accommodate the workspace for full time businesses using the office, as well as providing options for renting out workstations and desks for casual or part time individuals and small groups who also use the space.
- Meeting Rooms
One of the most significant differences between a standard office and a shared co-working office fit out is the number and sizes of the meeting rooms. Sydney office Fishburners currently has 170 different companies working out of their co-working offices.
Meeting rooms are often the most carefully detailed, designed and constructed offices for fit out companies, due to the fact that they are often where the congregations of the most senior company members take place.
Now imagine an office space with over a hundred different companies. Office fit outs for these locations regularly include dozens of meeting rooms and board rooms of different sizes, posing additional hurdles for fit out companies.
- Break Out Spaces
Co-working spaces aren’t just offices, they are communities. The collaborative and creative environment means that there is a huge social aspect amongst the office space. Inspire9 in Melbourne is a perfect example of this, with a huge break out area where the workers regularly meeting up for ping pong, drinks, and events.
This is another huge element for office designers to incorporate into their overall plan. As one of the most significant parts of the overall office fit out, it should be addressed with great detail to ensure the client is satisfied with the office.