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New Open Office Designs

Increasingly we are asked by clients to share our thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of private offices vs open office designs. As work processes and preferences change we think it is important to share images and descriptions of the Open Office Trend. For more information please contact us; Jim Gray and Nahz Anvary, Commercial Brokers at (916) 375-1500 or or

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New Open Office Designs

New Open Office Designs

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Hip new office offices are incorporating more common work areas with lots of meeting spaces, couches and coffee tables for impromptu discussions, and plenty of power outlets for laptops. These spaces are thought to encourage creative types and designers, who need lots of space for their ideas and collaboration, and with telecommuters often working from home and only needing to come to work for meetings, there is really less need for individual offices that take up valuable real estate and con...

The offices, set up in a variety of ways but emphasizing open space and the ability to rent a single desk, are also known as co-working spaces. Such offices have long been popular with technology start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area looking for cheap space, but as the latest tech wave rises, shared workspaces are popping up in cities around the country.

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When you work solo it can feel isolating. Sometimes you need a place to connect with other people, collaborate, and simply have some non-digital social interaction.

An interior of one of Google's offices. A good example of open architecture...

Google's Cocoon space in Zurich Switzerland.

Google office space design. Great example of open architecture and design.

A creative space/ collaborative space in the HOK Building in London.

The HOK Space in London. One of the trend setting buildings in open architecture design.

This Modern Wide Open Spaces Office completed in 2009, the open-plan layout of the interior incorporates numerous breakout and conference areas, allowing staff to work flexibly, creating an inspiring and collaborative atmosphere. Shashi Narayanan, Head of Sustainable Architecture at HOK London said: “Our challenge was to achieve a high LEED rating within normal budgetary constraints for a commercial office interior.

When I wrote this, I was working in a big open office space in the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam (see photo). About 100 people work in an office that was the first of its kind in Europe, when it was built in 1929. And more than 80 years later, architecture lovers from all over the world still come to admire it, take pictures, and make drawings.

“It really helps a lot on these gray Seattle days to have all this natural light coming in,” Mr. Bundy said.

Russell Investments’ new home has saved the company money. The 1,000 employees used to occupy a 16-story building. Now, they’re folded into just five floors.

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Ron Bundy, chief executive of the Russell Index Group, said the office environment had helped eliminate the office as a status symbol. Some employees don’t even claim permanent workspaces; they call themselves free-deskers, and they simply take whatever is available each day — with a preference for good views and proximity to their teams.

Among NBBJ’s main concepts: Daylight, lots of it, is indispensable. Chance encounters yield creative energy. And mobility is essential. Those ideas have benefited tenants in other ways, too: Russell’s leased square feet per employee is 30 percent less than in its former office building, a spokeswoman said.

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At Russell Investments, the chief executive occupies an ordinary desk in a row. In NBBJ’s office, there aren’t any private offices, either.

NBBJ’s research has found that two-thirds of American office space is now configured in some sort of open arrangement.

Workers enjoy great swaths of daylight through a quarter-acre of glass in the atrium. Gates employees often travel the world, and research shows that exposure to daylight cycles helps people recover faster from jet lag.

A 33-foot-high open mezzanine allows for a stunning view of the Space Needle three blocks away.

Less space per worker may be inevitable for cost-effectiveness, but it can also enhance the working environment. The favorite working space of Martha Choe, the foundation’s chief administrative officer, is a long, narrow table in the building’s vast atrium.

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An open space in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Building in Seattle

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle was designed by NBBJ, an architecture firm whose largest operation is also in Seattle. The structure is a culmination of ideas about the 21st-century workplace.

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The Seattle offices of Russell Investments, on five floors inside the former Washington Mutual tower, say goodbye to traditional corporate hierarchy by eliminating private offices for the 1,000 employees. More Photos »

Log In - The New York Times