At Bene it’s not just the future of work we think about, as in our FUTURE OF WORK Reports, we also think about the practical implications for office design now. There are many different demands on offices today. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution – every organisation has its own requirements. Inspiring offices by Bene, whatever their characteristics, are based on clear principles of planning and design, developed over many years of experience and through intensive dialogue with our clients and partners:
The history of the office dates right back to ancient times, But our working environments have been changing more rapidly today than ever before.
We need to understand the future, with all its opportunities and challenges, in order to be able to develop innovative solutions as well as design concepts for office areas.
The work environment influences employee satisfaction and performance. As well as physical factors, today increasingly more attention is being paid to functional and psychological factors in office design as we are now realising that office design needs to be approached in a new way.
The working environment can be seen as a networked system in which all the components affect each other, and the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Since the coronavirus pandemic, the home office and remote working have become firmly established as integral components of this ecosystem. So today we talk about hybrid working models. The three components of home office, remote working and office are combined in different ways for each individual, depending on their work style and the processes they carry out, and so provide the basis for a more detailed look at office design.
The many changes and considerations described in the Office Guide lead us to one conclusion above all: different companies have different requirements and therefore also need different office landscapes. The ideal combination of components and the individual design of the spaces depend on how work is done in a company. That means it is crucial to identify all the ingredients and their quantities, then create the appropriate recipe for office design.
The following videos show variants of office planning on the same space. Based on the respective working methods and processes and the identity of each individual company, solutions of identity-creating office space planning are presented.
Since it was founded six years ago, this start-up has developed continuously, and the number of employees has grown significantly. As a result, some organisational development was needed and this produced new requirements for the office area. The aim was to ensure that the premises would help the employees to work collaboratively. That was also to be the underlying principle for configuration of the spaces. In workshop sessions with the staff, it quickly became clear that the design should allow the expansion of project-based collaboration, yet retain the flexibility and agility of a start-up. They will not want traditional departmental structures or personal workstations in the future, either.
The employees of consulting firms typically spend most of their time working in their clients’ premises, away from head office. So remote working constitutes a large proportion of their hours, and the employees are correspondingly seldom in the office. However, this does not diminish the significance of the office for employees and the company, it just means that the focus and requirements of the space are different. The office is a key meeting place for both internal and external discussions. It also makes it possible to complete routine activities and tasks that require a high level of concentration, which is particularly difficult while travelling.
This traditional company has been developing steadily over many years, establishing new forms of collaboration. In response to these developments, the aim was to adapt the offices and work options they offer for employees, to create an environment that is better suited to the way the company now functions. An additional aim was to make the company more attractive as an employer. This meant that it was of fundamental importance for the layout to retain the departmental structures, while also ensuring that these “silos” were opened up. This will speed up internal processes, encourage collaboration between departments and make the company more competitive. Recruiting and retaining employees was also a priority, so human factors were a key aspect throughout the planning considerations.
The company would like the 900 m² office space to be a home for its employees. Home office, office and remote work are on an equal footing and the employees are free to decide where they want to work. Sustainability is the most relevant factor for the company, and well-being is an essential component. It requires an atmosphere that can be adapted to the needs of the employees at any time. A modular system offers an ideal solution as the materials used conserve resources and can be quickly adapted anytime. Additionally, it can be reassembled easily in case the office location is moved. The area can easily be zoned without anyfixtures. The bunks offer space for different activities: from informal meetings,to project spaces and cosy lounges.