To get you started on the right foot to express the design vision you have for your office or workspace, we advise you get started with a design brief. A design brief is a guide that primarily focuses on the results and outcome of the design. It is a working document that should be started with you as a client and built up further by the interior designer who will work on the final design where he is responsible for the aesthetic and function of the design.
The design brief makes it easy to narrow down to focus on what you want to achieve.
Here are the key things to bring out clearly:
It may sound basic but having this elaborated will help the designer figure out what your business focus is and will help put your vision to context. This includes highlighting history of how the company has grown to where it is and where it envisions itself to be.
Getting to understand and express your overall goal with the office and workplace design will help in designing what you want to communicate to both employees and clients who visit the premises.
For example, if the overall goal is to increase productivity of employees, the recent trend of having a full open space fosters collaboration and channels of communication. Other benefits with this plan include, cost saving on construction, utilities and office equipment and capacity to increase accommodation of more people in the workplace.
Here you get to express your needs and what you want to achieve. You can break this further to listing the needs and requirements for each room or space you have available.
This will be closely linked to the style you have decided on depending on your industry and also what is trending that you like.
In a workplace, this means defining what rooms you want or have that will be part of the design project. This includes: meeting room, private offices, open plan, reception, break out areas, lounge, kitchen, cafeteria and gym.
Common classifications of office design for workplaces include commercial, industrial or contemporary style.-
Recent trends for workspaces include:
- Hiding the wires
- Bringing the outdoor in
- Multipurpose workspaces
- Designated lounge areas
- Office organized by color
- Flexible layouts
- A mix of different textures
- Community tables
The scope of the work therefore may include the kind of finishes to be done on the floors, walls and ceiling, fixtures and fittings including furniture to be designed to match the behavior of employees.
In design, services need to be incorporated to make the workspace habitable. And they include:
- Electrical Installation
- Ventilation and Air Conditioning
- Mechanical Installation
- Access Control and CCTV
- Structured Cabling
- Audio Visual and Video Conferencing
- Alarm Response and Fire Fighting
Many companies already have a guideline on the design expected for the company, especially in the case of international companies. You can refer to this and include the specifications to incorporate the minimum guidelines.
As you develop the list of requirements of the office design you envision, you will have a rough idea about costs that you expect to incur. These estimations will make it easy to have a budget estimate.
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Office design as a business tool reflects and reinforces a business’s core values and the design elements reflect the culture, brand and values.
Our experienced Design & Build team at AfricaWorks Group relies on research and experience to plan and design your office space.
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