The Auckland City Centre is entering into a phase of profound infrastructure change. So much so that if even half of what is proposed gets underway almost every aspect of the centre city will be different. The exteriors of Auckland’s new buildings tend to attract the most attention, but it is their interiors that should be watched more closely. Existing buildings make up the majority of Auckland’s built landscape now and will continue to do so long into the future, therefore office retrofits and repositioning will be important factors in the future of office design and commercial landscape. You can expect new Auckland workspaces to be highly innovative in their internal layout, where by completed constructions signal how “work” is likely to evolve. Technology companies have already changed office behaviour as a result of e-mail, online search and collaboration tools. They are doing the same for physical spaces. Embracing Change: A spotlight on NCBT’s recent refit by Studio DB. https://dbinteriors.co.nz/interior-refurbishment/
Sustainability, occupational density and technology continue to dictate the NZ’s office landscape in 10 years’ into the future. It is likely that landlords will reduce moves towards more efficient use of space to stay on top of ever increasing costs per square metre.
A new kind of space will be required, one that lets in more natural light with better natural ventilation, with better temperature control and provides for more collaborative and more productive work space. Impact on the workplace Energy-efficient design to increase long-term cost savings will become a priority and “bio-inspired” design techniques will continue to expand. Property owners will have an added responsibility to install and maintain energy –saving office infrastructure such as window treatments and lighting.
Forward Thinking: Studio DB. recently completed the retrofit for Gasoline Service Stations “GAS” that included bio-inspired planter box system and energy saving LED lighting design.
Designers will work closely with health and safety coordinators to reduce and eventually remove unsafe, inefficient and uncomfortable work practice. Anthropometric data will help accommodate workers in spaces in order to fit the greatest number of people to work safely and make work systems functional. Building modules will become smaller and more flexible and smart offices will dominate the landscape. Increased modularity of office systems to enhance adaptability and designers will gravitate towards more generic and simple partitioning. Concepts such as the Intelligent Workplace and Collective Intelligence will be at the forefront of workplace organisation and will dictate the office layout. Highly connected wearable tech will rise, and space will be increasingly controlled via sensor systems and interconnected infrastructure. Consider This! Self-adjusting lighting and window shades. The ability to personalise heat and light settings for one’s immediate space, and have those settings follow you around the building. An app for booking desks and meeting rooms. Desk or room sensors that track usage to monitor efficiency.