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Workplace culture is the most important factor to take into account when designing office spaces.

The research, contained in a white paper produced by the US office furniture giant Haworth, found that organizational culture is a more important consideration than efficiency and performance when it comes to office design.

“No matter how strong an organization’s planned procedures, culture trumps strategy when the two are not aligned.”

The research points out that the workplace is usually viewed as a cost rather than a driver of performance, with emphasis often placed on factors such as increasing worker density and introducing homogenous workstations.

Research suggests that architecture, interior design and furnishings provide a tangible way to support – or even change – the culture of an organization.

Case Studies and Examples

Pandora’s small meeting spaces, designed by abastudio, feature fabric-covered fiberglass acoustic panels to keep sound from reverberating.

Photo © Durston Saylor, Courtesy of B.R. Fries/Abastudio

Brad Lynch of Brininstool + Lynch helped Enova transition to a culture of open design.

Photo © Christopher Barrett Photographer

Gensler’s 888 Brannan Street project in San Francisco converted the former Eveready Battery Company warehouse into four floors of workspaces. Many offices, including those of Airbnb, open directly to a multistory central atrium with green wall.

Photo © Joe Fletcher, Courtesy of Gensler

Wide open spaces: Gensler’s downtown Los Angeles office.

Photo © Farshid Assassi

Gensler’s Menlo Park Facebook project converted ta giant warehouse into the new Facebook offices. They chose to keep many of the features of the original warehouse visible in the new build, the character is what counts.

Photo ©  Courtesy of Gensler

Dropbox‘s San Francisco space, designed by Boor Bridges Architecture in collaboration with Geremia Design, is sleek and modern without feeling sterile. Palm trees and colorful upholstery give the industrial space, outfitted in washed black walnut and raw copper, a touch of warmth.

Image courtesy of Boor Bridges Architecture.

The work area features an open floor plan and several comfortable sitting areas for employees to get together and collaborate. The space takes its design cues from the great outdoors; the slate-colored “rocks” are actually cushions.

Image Courtesy: Bloomberg/Getty Images

Open-source software startup GitHub enlisted interior design firm Studio Hatch to deck its open plan office with gleaming wood and exposed brick.

Image Courtesy: Custom Spaces

Building a Better Space

The office space of the future may not be about trappings or technology as much as the exchange of ideas, with a focus on employee engagement–what some experts are calling the “new sustainability.” 

You can thank the open office movement for starting that conversation, turning concepts such as collaboration and transparency into convention. But the new buzzwords on every workplace designer’s tongue are incubation, cross-pollination, symbiosis and co-working–concepts that are causing even more walls to come down and hierarchies to flatten further. In today’s parlance, the corner office is no longer seen as a prize.

“It’s certainly not as critical as it once was,” says Bruce Fisher, an architect in the New York firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. “What’s becoming more important is the breadth of the floor, and as much visual continuity as possible so you can see someone all the way across the floor. It’s not about Big Brother, but more about staying involved and knowing what’s going on.”

In today’s young, technology-driven workplace, however, all that’s been turned on its head. In our mind, it’s led by a generation that starts out not knowing what an office environment is supposed to be as a real-estate model. Today’s young workers, he explains, consider the office more in terms of what it needs to do for them.