CO-WORKING WORKSPACES

With the current surge of budding businesses developing a presence in the Middle East (KcKinsey; “Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa”), it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the need for adequate workspaces is on the rise.

INCREASING DEMAND FOR CO-WORKING WORKSPACES

Often, there isn’t the time or resource to carefully craft a team and look for the perfect workspace at the same time. The market is shifting constantly as consumers’ change their habits and behavioral patterns, so once an entrepreneur locks on to a competitive or innovative idea, they need to act quickly. This scenario is one of the drivers behind the demand for co-working spaces.


THE IMPORTANCE OF CO-WORKING SPACES

These spaces provide different entrepreneurs, contractors and freelancers with a single platform to engage and share ideas. Dubai is home to a number of state-of-the-art co-working spaces (that act as an incubator for growing fintech companies) to cater to entrepreneurs, start-ups, freelancers and digital nomads, who don’t want to be confined to an office. The Emirates Towers is a great example of this new type of office design.

The Dubai Holding Executive Offices on the other hand are a great example of how modern day office design is being implemented.

Traditionally, office design was decidedly bland, often used as a tactic to reduce distractions. Today, office design tends to merge corporate appeal with a more relaxed vibe however this is no easy task. Where does a designer draw the line? Employers and designers alike have developed an understanding that laidback work environments can promote creativity so it’s really important to strike the right balance.

TAKING INSPIRATION FROM DUBAI’S SUSTAINABLE AND ERGONOMIC WORKSPACES

Eclectic artwork, bespoke accessories and sustainable furniture all form part of The Dubai Holding Executive Offices design.

Eco-friendly fixtures and luminaires are secondary to natural light, which will be diffused through the space via practical glass windows.

We’ve come a long way from traditional, stuffy office environments. Today’s towards creating ergonomic spaces that channel productivity.

Employees spend large fractions of their day in these spaces, so it’s essential that they reflect factors that can enhance motivation.



CO-WORKING SPACES = FLEXIBLE BUT PRACTICAL DESIGN

Designers enjoy a great degree of flexibility when designing co-working spaces. For example, when we add residential elements to a space, it can transform it into a comfortable and versatile lounge. That’s what we aimed for in the Dubai Holding Chairman Office.

The inspiration for this came from how many productive meetings often take place in a café, when one is relaxed, as opposed to in a more formal meeting room.

But to make it practical in the long run, these designs also have to be easy to maintain.

At the same time, they must preserve neutrality so the accents remain timeless, detached from current norms, and relevant in the future.


CREATING A WORKPLACE WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO BE

Designers are undergoing a fundamental shift in their approach to corporate office design as a result of increased mobile working, changes in hierarchical structure and diminishment of a work-life balance.

As modern offices become the norm, open-plan layouts are given increased significance. This type of spatial layout assists in de-emphasizing hierarchical structure and creates an air of freedom and association over separation.

Modern, open-plan offices not only stimulate interchange between employees in various departments but they also require less energy to cool and heat (which is an increasing concern).

By allowing employees to choose where and how within the workplace they want to work, employers are empowering them which in turn encourages creativity and results-based outcomes.

The Dubai Holding Executive Office, is a true contemporary office benchmark because it is aligned with the functional requirements of today’s executive positions and a workplace that feels like a home away from home in the truest sense.

Image courtesy by Dubai Holding Executive Office


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