The office is where many people spend a majority of their time. If you’re like most 21st century adults working 9-5 (or in some cases 9-7 or 8), you may easily spend more time in the office than at home. That’s why many companies, especially startups, have opted to create a balanced, comfortable, and efficient work environment for their employees. Ergonomics, the study of employee efficiency in their working environment, has become increasingly important in the past decade as humans rely more and more on computers to complete work. The human-computer interaction (HCI) ratio has inspired unique chair designs and desk arrangements to protect the human frame from gradual decline due to hours hunched over a keyboards and staring at LCD screens.
Ergonomic design, intricate architecture, and the desire for innovation has prompted some of the best office spaces worldwide. Below are three examples of the new work experience in action:
1. Selgas Cano Architecture Office (Madrid, Spain): Designed in 2007, this office space may not be for the faint of heart, but it surely is beautiful. Surrounded by nature on all sides, this office sits right under the ground surface, encased in optimal glass windows. The interior is accented with shades of green, yellow, and white, blending the internal office with external nature. While some might find the space to be a bit claustrophobic, it is certainly better than grey lined cubicles and isolation. The open office concept is something that’s been adopted by many companies in the past few years.
2. Google (San Francisco, USA): Much like you’d expect, Google’s office headquarters is inspirational, chic, and predictably adorned with the company’s staple colors of blue, red, yellow, and green. The office comes equipped with ample work space used for individual and collaborative projects, faux hot air ballon meeting areas, multi-level slides for quick, fun access, stage performance space, exercise and game facilities, and resting pods. With an office like this, one could seriously contemplate living at work! (Or course, this probably isn’t allowed)
3. AirBnB (San Francisco, USA): AirBnB, a fairly new company, rests its headquarters in San Francisco, California. The company currently connects travelers with accommodations and lodging in over 34,000 cities spanning 190 countries. Employees have the freedom to work wherever they want throughout the 72,000-square-foot space, taking advantage of natural lighting, comfortable couches, or collaborative work tables. AirBnB’s conference rooms, kitchens, and lounges are adorned with bright, creative colors making late nights at the office seem less like a drag.
Gone are the days of high monotone walls, small cubicles, and ridiculously uncomfortable chairs. More offices are adopting better practices to create motivating work environments for their employees. Employee satisfaction makes for higher quality work, and that’s a fact!
from Aaron Yashouafar Architecture http://ift.tt/1IocMj8