At the Natural Home redesigining our office space has been part of the focus, challenging us to think and feel our way to the best solution for us as individuals knowing very well how important a well thought through space planning can be for feeling the most comfortable and being as productive as possible.
To make the most of your space and reorganising you productive space, ask yourself some helpful questions.
Would you be happy with you back to the door, or would that make you get up from your seat more and ruin your concentration?
What tasks are you planning to carry out at you desk? How much desk space would you ideally need?
Have you got enough storage for your equipment? Is the equipment easily accessible?
How do you like working? What are your needs?
Answering these questions is not always an easy task, and a facilitator will make this easier, helping guiding you towards forming your ideal space.
Our approach at the Natural Home is very much to take an insider view and really focus on the needs and desires of the user. After all, it’s the user who is going to work in the space, feeling comfortable and inspired. It’s also our belief that truly sustainable spaces need to meet the needs of the inhabitants, to be loved, cared for and not rebuilt due to insufficient time spent on the briefing and design process.
Taking an insider view we go through a facilitation and briefing process, making the user aware of how they work, and work best, prioritise needs and desires and help the user get an idea of how the space is going to feel by creating 3D models.
Materials and colours around us are important parts of making a space have its best effect on us. Consider the use and purpose of how the space is going to used and choose stimulating/calming materials and colours accordingly. Simple aims and guidelines for changing a space can really help maximising its potential, not to speak of its users.
by Sara Samuelsson
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Alexander, Christopher et all 'A Pattern Language'
Croft, Neil ' Making a living by being authentic'