Resting rooms, a trend in office buildings

10/08/2016

Resting rooms, a trend in office buildings

In recent years communal areas in office buildings have started to play an important role in space distribution. If before these areas were considered obligatory, they are now seen as the hallmark of many companies, as is the case for the Google offices.

Areas without charisma designed only for employees to eat without having to leave the office building, have been made into creative, colourful and caring spaces to the smallest detail. And according to office trends, these spaces can have many beneficial consequences for companies and their employees.

These no-work spaces foster the employees’ creativity and improve personal relationships between colleagues, promoting teamwork; they also help optimise time as many employees opt to stay within the same building instead of leaving to eat, and lastly, these spaces can increase productivity and corporatism as they motivate the employee who in turn feels cared for within the business organisation.

There are many questions regarding what are the essential characteristics of these resting rooms. Open or closed spaces? Soft design lines that convey a calming sensation or colourful areas that spark creativity? Each office building must decide on the reason why it needs this space and adapt it to their needs.

Depending on the company and the architectural distribution of the office buildings, these zones could be used as meeting rooms, resting and disconnecting rooms or recreational areas. It is increasingly common to find furniture such as table football and pool tables in these rooms to promote employee leisure time; it is also common to find cafés and restaurants with a cosmopolitan and relaxing design like any café in Manhattan.

This trend is being implemented in all office buildings; it is the perfect option for companies that want to update their image, add corporate vibrancy and personality, and above all, improve its relationship with employees.

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