The end of 2022 is right around the corner. What a year! In this blog post, we will look at the innovative and inspirational workspaces of 2022 and what makes them stand out. From biophilia to flexible design, these workspaces have it all. Let’s look at how the trends of 2022 played out in these amazing spaces.
Biophilia, Plants, Greenery
Biophilia, plants, and greenery were key elements of office space design in 2022. Biophilic design connects people with nature, using elements like natural light, plants, and artwork that evoke natural environments. The Nordea Baltic Sea Office in Warsaw, Poland took this to heart by incorporating plants into many areas of their new office.
Acoustics & Noise Control
The complexities around hybrid work, in-office collaboration, and return-to-work in 2022 drove companies to recognize the importance of noise control and acoustics in the workspace. With the advancement of technology and hybrid office environments, acoustic solutions such as soundproofing panels, phone booths, and acoustic tiles were prevalent. AppFolio in Richardson, Texas took this to heart by filling their space with colorful baffles, felt light coverings, and fabric wall coverings to help with noise control. The shift towards acoustic-focused office spaces will continue to grow in popularity as more companies recognize the benefits that these solutions provide.
A Sense of Home at Work
The dramatic shift to work-from-home during the pandemic brought forth a desire to create a sense of home in office spaces in 2022. This can be done by adding elements of nature, such as houseplants, comfortable seating, and inviting artwork, as seen in the Evolution for Animal Health Offices in Montreal. Some companies also stocked the office with all the necessary supplies and amenities, such as snacks and coffee, to make employees feel more at home.
Collaborative & Flexible Design with Technology
The office of the future is an exciting concept that will change how businesses operate and employees interact. By 2022, many offices adopted flexible spaces that incorporate technology and allow for greater collaboration, creativity, and engagement among employees. In Generali Offices in Warsaw, Poland, employees can move freely from desks and private spaces for heads down work to lounge and breakout spaces to brainstorm ideas or collaborate on projects. Videoconferencing capabilities are abundant throughout the space. 2022 proved flexible spaces that incorporate technology can help foster greater collaboration, creativity, and engagement among employees, no matter where they are, by helping to create a more productive and enjoyable work environment.
The importance of natural light in office spaces in 2022 cannot be overstated. By allowing natural light to flood the workspace, companies can create a healthy and productive environment for their employees. Natural light helps reduce stress levels and improves alertness, leading to better performance and productivity. The SEW-Eurodrive Offices in Duncan, South Carolina, are a perfect example of using natural light to provide a clean and fresh look to the office.
We can't wait to see what will inspire the new year of office design. Stay tuned for what our research shows will trend in 2023!