Australia Commercial Design Trends Series AU Commercial Design Trends Vol. 33/1C - Page 58

lighting to reduce eye strain for CRT monitors and an OH&S poster talking about varying our focal depth every 15 minutes to avoid headaches. Retail on the ground floor was next, with the introduction of a small café, selling average coffee. Then it was sustainability, with extra fresh air and environmental monitoring. This quickly moved into the ubiquitous ‘end of trip’ facilities and towel service with bike repair stations. Then it was the hotel-like concierge service, just in case we couldn’t walk downstairs to get an average coffee or locate the bathroom. And then came health and wellbeing driving us crazy … with standing desks and Fitbits that tell us to move and guilt us into 10,000 steps a day. search | save | share at Now, an abundance of different space models have sprung up. We have incubators, co-working spaces, business wine bars, work clubs, child care centres, convenience stores, and refrigerated online pick stations – all devised to ensure occupiers are engaged. But is this really what workers want? Our data-led research suggests that what work- ers actually need is to be able to focus. Focus is, more often than not, the primary requirement for the majority of the working day. What is surprising is the consistency of problems reported in the workplace. And it’s the same for both co-working and conventional spaces – it’s about privacy and noise control. Below:Much of the discussion in workplace design is around the additional facilities people need – they are not just coming to a place of work but the integration of work and everyday life. (TripAdvisor, Sydney) Lower right:Data-led research by Unispace suggests that what workers actually need is to be able to focus. (Unispace office, Melbourne)