Australia Commercial Design Trends Series AU Commercial Design Trends Vol. 33/1C - Page 56

MARKET SECTOR REPORT WORKPLACE DESIGN WHAT TENANTS WANT? Developers need to be more in tune with what’s really going on at the office if they want to future proof their buildings, says Unispace global design director Simon Pole Tenants, landlords and developers all keep asking the same question – what are the key work- place trends that we need to be aware of so the spaces we design will be future-proofed? Our data suggests that the four “modes of work” – collaboration, focus, learning and socialising – are not necessarily what we thought they were. Despite it being a contemporary buzzword, the office shouldn’t all be about collaboration. Sixty per cent of the office should be given over to space for ‘focus’. And that’s one reason why we need to challenge what office space can do in the future. Currently search | save | share at there’s a disconnect between what occupiers really want, and what the property market feels it should offer them. As Stuart Cranna, EMEA director of corporate services BlackRock said on this theme: “Asset managers need to take a different approach and put employee experience at the centre of what they’re building.” I’ve been fortunate enough to work on projects globally for more than 20 years and have seen many attempts to include features that ‘engage’ occupiers. The first was guidance on correct fluorescent Below:The new breed of agile worker needs the workplace to be productive, to engage with workmates in a positive way, but also ensure they can get the job done. (Unispace office, Auckland) Right:Workers are prepared to spend longer hours at work if they are able to undertake more of those other essential life tasks in the workplace. (Slate, New York)