Co-working spaces are becoming popular these days due to the rise of digital nomads and freelance workers. They serve as a place for people of different backgrounds to work, collaborate, and utilise shared resources in the same environment.
Just like any other company office, the design of a co-working space has an impact on an individual’s productivity. Thus, owners and managers of co-working spaces must create an office interior design that enhances communication, motivation, and creativity.
Features of An Effective Co-Working Space
- Spacious working areas.
Spacious work areas are popular in co-working spaces because it represents the “anti-corporation” vibe. Open work spaces provide a more relaxed work environment and welcome interaction. It is in contrast with the typical office setup consisting of cubicles and employees working silently.
Co-working individuals find comfort in spacious working areas. It is, therefore, essential to consider ample room when designing a co-working space. Spacious interiors allow people to work comfortably and productively as individuals and as teams.
- Change of scenery.
Another feature of a successful co-working space is a scenic environment. It doesn’t mean having a good view of the cityscape, but conducive surroundings where a person can do their job.
Working in the middle of clutter is a common challenge among digital nomads and freelancers. Tidying up the room may be done at home, but the same cannot always be achieved in cafes, restaurants, or outdoor environments where most of these people hang out. Co-working spaces, however, are expected to provide an environment where they can relax and focus on their tasks without the visual clutter.
- Technology-friendly environment.
Creating a technology-friendly environment is a must for co-working spaces. Reliable Wi-Fi connection, strategic installation of electric and telecommunication outlets, and secure mobile data signal, are among the additions to an effective co-working space.
- Open areas for multiple functions.
A standout feature in co-working spaces not usually found in the typical office interior design is the multifunction space. These areas are designed to allow group exercises, such as team building activities.
Open areas in co-working spaces may not only be used by groups, but also by individuals who want to take a break from their tasks by doing some physical activity such as stretching or meditating.
- Presence of meeting rooms.
Meeting rooms are essential in co-working spaces. It is because not all people in co-working spaces are individual workers; others come in small teams. They may not meet regularly, but when they do, they have to use specific equipment such as projectors, whiteboards, conference tables, etc.
While they don’t have their own office, these groups utilise meeting rooms to discuss their concerns or do collaborative projects without disturbing others.
- Functional pantry area.
Lastly, successful co-working spaces have a functional pantry or kitchen. Workers take breaks from time to time. Despite the productive work environment, they have to rest, recharge, and rehydrate. A functional pantry offers the right space for them to eat, drink, and relax before heading back to their tasks.