We’re already feeling festive here at Spacelab and getting into the Christmas spirit with an advent blog, where we’ll be sharing our days leading up to Christmas with you. Every day you’ll find either new thought-provoking insights into evidence based design, a behind-the-scenes view of Spacelab, or get a look at some of the amazing spaces we’re creating. And of course there’ll be some Christmas fun as we share how the Spacelab team prepares for Christmas.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Advent Blog!
The Workspace Blog continues, the advent is over. Spacelab have certainly enjoyed sharing our advent with you and hope all our new readers will continue to enjoy our blog posts in the new year – we can promise that some exciting updates are coming up! We hope you’ve gained some insight into our work, read some valuable snippets of information or had some good laughs. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Spacelab!
Designing spaces that work
We realise that one solution doesn’t fit all. So when designing workspaces, we take these key factors into consideration:
How visibility in the office can make us happier workers
Our spatial analysis expert Kerstin Sailer provides some insight on why visibility is such an important factor in the modern office.
What can an office do to build new relationships between colleagues, foster new ideas and spur the transfer of knowledge? The answer is simpler than you think. Our research shows that high levels of visibility – in other words being able to physically see the people you work with – allows for a more generative office environment.
One of our clients in the advertising industry occupied two different buildings. No one particularly liked working in Building A, whereas Building B proved very popular. Our analysis showed very distinct visibility profiles: Upon entering Building A, only small parts of the workplace were visible. In contrast, Building B offered generous vistas and allowed staff to see what was going on.
So if the creation of new ideas and new knowledge is important to your business, think about visibility relationships in your workspace as a key enabler.
Festive colour of the year 2015
Colour experts Pantone have announced their colour of the year 2015 – the earthy wine red Marsala 18-1438. And because red is a festive colour and we enjoy spending time looking at furniture, we have made a selection of office furnishings to match:
Architects stepping up their Christmas game
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your… bicycle wheels? Meet the architects who have designed an alternative to the traditional Christmas tree:
5 pieces of furniture we’d really like for Christmas
From Vision to Reality
Design can unlock the potential of your space, but without a well-executed delivery, that vision won’t become a reality. In today’s blog post, we have a guest contribution from Projectlab, who are experts in unlocking that potential. By combining experience with rigour, they ensure projects are delivered on time, on spec and on budget. See below a short introduction to what a project manager can do for you:
A good Project Manager will…
M anage the brief
A dvise of risks and options
N egotiate value for money
A gree a way forward
G et the job done on time and on budget
E nsure a stress free delivery
R eflect on a job well done!
Did you know these helpful statistics about M&E Engineering?
Is your office a chat-friendly place?
British Airways’ Business Life magazine sat down with our very own spatial mastermind Kerstin Sailer to talk about the next generation of the office.
Imagine an office where you were actively encouraged to take the long route to the coffee machine, where lunch breaks were extended by the deliberately long line in the canteen and where chatting with your co-workers was not considered slacking off.
These might be the kind of spaces our offices will be moving towards in the future. It’s all about serendipity, the idea that spontaneous chats and chance encounters between co-workers are healthy for the cross-pollination of ideas.
It’s an idea that’s already being pioneered by big tech firms such as Google and Yahoo, and it’s being revolutionised right here at Spacelab. The future of the office won’t be a one-size-fits-all-approach. “You can’t think of it as a machine where you input a building layout and out comes collaboration,” Kerstin says, “it just doesn’t work like that.” The next generation of offices will be about fitting buildings around people, and creating spaces that work with and enhance organisational structures.
Why you should consider putting a large open staircase into your office
Floorspace is valuable but often losing some of that space massively benefits the office environment. Here are some examples of what connecting your floors could do for you:
6 Homemade Christmas Decorations that will unleash your Inner Interior Designer
Rocking the Christmas jumper look
Spacelab had a fantastic woolly time at Christmas Jumper Day!
Musical chairs anyone?
Our studies of numerous workspaces have shown us that 40-60% of people’s interactions are with their immediate office neighbours.
Bringing people from different teams and departments into carefully planned close proximity can increase productivity and improve the office environment and culture.
Top 5 tips for getting your office acoustics right
Top 5 tips to get your project through planning
All I want for Christmas is my own desk
Our research indicates that more than half of employees, on average 56%, feel that having their own desk is ‘very important’ and a further 25% think it is ‘quite important’. How does this match the current trend for flexible approaches?
We have found that those same employees say they would be likely to use a range of facilities to work from if they were available – 58% say they would be very or quite likely to. Our conclusion has been that change takes time.
Many people will insist they still need their desk. And they may still get it, maybe a smaller one, in a more intelligent layout, where people in teams that are already working flexibly may share desks and use alternative work points that actually suit their job better than the traditional open plan ‘desk’. The important realisation is that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to office design.
Going for Subtlety
After our Christmas party and Secret Santa present exchange, it is time to finally decorate our office to match our Christmas spirit. We have not yet come to a decision but when asking everyone to submit their ideas of how we should decorate the Lab, we collected some great – though not very subtle! – suggestions, including a giant inflatable Santa.
No office Christmas is complete without Secret Santa. Everyone at Spacelab was discussing gift ideas for days before ours took place. Naturally, we have compiled some of our favourite ideas.
Party time at Spacelab
At Spacelab we all work incredibly hard but we also know how to have fun and we certainly enjoyed our Christmas party. There was a renegade quizmaster, a party bus, and some great (and not so great) singing during the Karaoke.
On Brand – Never Bland
Great office design should always incorporate the brand and its values. Here are some bespoke examples of how Spacelab have used a client’s products to reinforce their brand at the Charles Tyrwhitt head offices.
Designs to get you moving
A dynamic workspace where people move and interact can improve creativity, and foster collaboration and the transfer of knowledge. Spacelab found that prior to the implementation of their designs an average of only 1 in 17 people are moving about in an office.
Post design we have found this average to increase to 1 in 10. A static environment becomes more dynamic and people are more likely to encounter their colleagues in an unplanned way. Time to get moving!
Today we are overjoyed about winning BD’s Interiors Architect of the Year Award. Here are the judges’ comments:
“Spacelab has tackled a wide range of office schemes including a corporate HQ for Virgin Money in Edinburgh, a contemporary warehouse style conversion for Jaguar’s inhouse ad agency Spark 44 and an office for ad agency VCCP.
The conversion of the art deco Greater London House in Camden was delivered for a remarkable £38 per sqft. This bold conversion particularly impressed the judges who said Spacelab had managed to pull off an original look despite the constraints of an existing building and executed it perfectly.”
Spacelab research across industries as diverse as law firms, technology companies and advertising shows that 84% of workplace activities are sedentary. Given that prolonged sitting has been linked with a variety of cardio-metabolic and musculo-skeletal issues, could it be time to get a cycling desk?
Ever wondered what the offices of award-winning office designers look like? Here’s a preview of our new office, The Lab, on Wenlock Road. More pictures of our dynamic workspace on our website soon.
Come back every day to open a new “window” – you won’t only be seeing more of our office but will be in for a lot of other great surprises.
Update: More photos of our office are now online! Find them on our website.
The Spacelab Team