Were quite familiar with fashion faux pas here in NYC. Every year, the wildness and weirdness of New York Fashion Week attracts any number of runway aberrations; we all have a chuckle, then move on.
The consequences are typically more long-lasting – and always far more expensive – when architectural office trends go awry. If youre considering a new build-out, or a reorganization and revamping of your current accommodations, good professional advice is indispensable.
THE 2014 TRENDS
According to Oxford Dictionaries, a trendcan be defined as a general direction in which something is developing or changing. Being aware of developments is vastly different to following fads. That latter, to quote the same source, is An intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something… short-lived… a craze.
Office trends bring innovative responses to evolving influences. They areinduced, rather than installed simply to be up to the minute. In architecture, trends react to emerging imperatives, and perhaps the most significant recent changeis transparency of purpose. Executives are far more frequently choosing to work in offices where their efforts are observable, so the days of secluded powerbases seem numbered.
The modern office workspace places very specific demands on designers and fabricators, so the ability to identify the most effective resolution to each challenge is paramount. Meeting specifications is an obligation, not a luxury.Those involved in planning and producing modern office spaces, and those who eventually use and manage them, have reported countless benefits from the use of glass walls to define territories and task-specific zones.
Design is a language, one thats instantly understood by visitors to the office no matter what their culture, country of origin or native tongue. It imparts context to promises, expresses capability and integrity, adaptability and – most of all – success. Working with providers who get it wrong conveys quite the opposite.
THE MODERN OFFICE IMPERATIVE
The second of 2014’sessential office trends is the accommodation of electronics and automation. Today, technology is no longer defined by its impacts on production capacity. It has a meaning in and of itself, inferring concepts and impressions of the company inhabitingthe office space.
Two decades ago, todays reliance on voice and data cabling would have been unimaginable, as would the ability to remove from the office landscape now-unnecessary equipment such as hefty computer screens, massive copy/print machines and mail sorting facilities. Should every company with an office accept that, in ten years or less, theyll have to entirely rebuild their entire diorama? Of course not, and non-static glass walls are the answer.
GO WITH GLASS
Bothersome observable noise;” it increases stress and it decreases productivity. The third of our office trends to adopt, then, is the eradication of interruption. Tag Wall’s design professionals are expert at interpreting problems inherent in real-world, multi-functional spaces, and are skilled at composing unobtrusive, cost-effective and attractive options to occlude external intrusions.
The timeless elegance of an entirely glass-walled office need not be interrupted by opaque panels or solid areas. Often, visual disruption – the effect of objects or activity in the eye-line, disturbing a train of thought – can be removed entirely by the judicious positioning of entirely transparent glass dividing walls. A partition can create the ideal space for a freestanding array of audio/video presentation equipment, positioned to mask a busy elevator door, or a display of professional citations and awards located where they block the view out onto a bustling secretarial pool.
With Tag Wall’s diverse range of glass surface treatments – examples include frosted and patterned window films – sheltering an area need never be an issue, even where camouflaging or concealing furnishings are undesirable.