A big open space lay before you right in the middle of your company hub. What do you want to do with it? How will it be used? What do you need to make certain that your design fits your purpose? Let’s talk about space planning and company culture.
One of the challenges of interior design, especially commercial, is making certain the plan for the space fits the purpose of said space and reflects your style. To give you an example you might find in your home, you may love the idea of a jetted tub in your bathroom, but if the space can only hold a stand-up shower, you’re going to run into problems. How can you create a look and feel of a luxurious bathroom that reflects your style using the space you have available? Apply this same idea to your office.
Design and Company Culture
A very important question we must ask is: how can the design of the space support and enhance the company’s business plan and culture?
For example, we recently completed a Barrisol job for Jugofresh in Coral Gables, Florida. The company’s tagline is, “Open for Life.” This doesn’t call to mind grey walls and high gloss wood, does it? In light of the company’s bright optimism, the space we created for them reflects that in the colors and light used in their store.
In addition to design supporting the company culture, there are several other questions to ask yourself before diving in. The three primary questions are:
- What is the primary function of the space?
- What are the secondary functions of the space?
- Do they conflict?
You may be wondering about question number three. A conflict in a space could be a situation where private conversations need to take place, but the design is inadequate to ensure that privacy. There may be a time when you have a presentation in the office for a select few employees, but the rest of your personnel need to keep working on other projects. Can this happen with adjacent spaces with these different needs?
A noisy echo chamber is not pleasant to work in. Nor is a space where you are straining to hear what is being said in a meeting because the acoustics of the room are bad. How will the acoustics function? Are there architectural constraints for maximizing the acoustics? How will you work around them?
Remember the living room in your house or at Grandma’s – you know the one no one went into, looked untouched, stiff and uncomfortable? Rarely used, rarely enjoyed. Do you need that type of space – something more formal and austere – or something a bit more inviting that speaks to your company culture?
Putting it all Together
The core task of designing a commercial space is to identify the company culture by speaking to the parties involved, and build from there. Design can be a reflection of the core values in a company, and one of the most exciting things we do at Brambier’s. We love to pull information and details from our clients, design, and construction partners to create spaces that display the nature, character and company personality,