Technology is transforming how offices are being designed today. Not only has technology become a part of our personal lives but it has also impacted the way we work and move around in the office. Technology trends such as sensory recognition, virtual conferencing, and cloud computing will have an even larger impact on the office environment in the coming years. How would these trends impact office design?
Sensory recognition will pervade the future office. Senses from sight to voice could control lighting and aircon among other office features. Intelligent office furniture and fixtures that correspond to sensory recognition could very well be incorporated. This could range from tables or chairs that adjust their range of motion in response to sensors or doors that automate from motion sensors for example.
Virtual conferencing will become a primary feature as companies become increasingly globalised. The new plug and play video conferencing solutions make it easier to conduct meetings without the need to interact face to face. And the trend for room-based video conferencing calls for meeting or collaboration areas to be designed to accommodate wall-sized screens for 360-degree viewing among others.
Cloud computing makes it possible for office workers to work basically anywhere. We are able to connect to our smart devices and pull out important documents for impromptu meetings off site without the need to call in to the office. Offices could be designed flexibly and organised into collaboration spaces rather than conventional workstations.