While many office workers have embraced the commute from bedroom to kitchen and the stretchy waistbands of WFH life, it’s collaboration we’re missing. In a “Return to Work” survey conducted by Minneapolis-based architecture and design firm Nelson Worldwide, 54 percent of remote workers said they miss the sense of teamwork, sociability, and collaborative time with coworkers. “The office of the future must foster this need to connect,” says Deanne Erpelding, principal of Nelson’s central region. She believes the blurring of work boundaries during the pandemic will have a lasting effect on the role of the office. “These spaces must be a physical manifestation of a company’s brand, vision, mission, and values—and their new role will skew heavily toward the desire for employees to collaborate.” Here’s a look at some emerging office design trends and adaptations.
Photos: by Corey Gaffer Photography c/o Studio BV (multipurpose, open meeting areas, branded space), Mike Ross c/o Nerdery (warm woods), c/o Nelson Worldwide (a sense of well-being, employee-controlled Tech)
“Wood is making a comeback,” says Kar-Keat Chong of Studio KKChong, who designed Nerdery’s new Edina office. “Everything had gotten so synthetic and composite.” The dividers create separate spaces without sacrificing the open feel.