7 Important Considerations for Designing Tech Office Spaces


A well-designed office can greatly impact the well-being and productivity of its workers. It can enhance the level and quality of collaboration, improve the overall company culture and provide a positive first impression for clients and partners at the same time.

How far you go in creating a comfortable, inviting, warm, and collaborative office will directly impact how productive, valued, and welcomed an employee will feel. It is crucial to get it right!

Here are the most important factors to consider when designing spaces for a tech office.

1. Type of workplace

7 Important Considerations for Designing Tech Office Spaces

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Every company is unique and has different needs from the next one.

For instance, an agency might find its workforce prefers a blend of both open discussion and privacy. Other companies might fare better with a space that accommodates constant client communications. Third-party tech teams providing cyber security services (for example, pentesting), might need hours of uninterrupted focus. It is important to comprehensively understand the needs of a business.

A company is also likely to go through growth stages or aim to let their employees work remotely at different times. As the team changes, can the office accommodate these changes? As you progress through the planning stage, keep in mind that your vision may change and evolve.

2. Sustainability

Sustainability is a key factor to keep in mind during any design phase. How can you design the space in an eco-friendly manner and how can you help the company reduce their carbon footprint going forward?

3. Meeting spaces

7 Important Considerations for Designing Tech Office Spaces

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Some employees thrive in collaborative areas, while others prefer quieter and private ones. There needs to be a healthy balance of both

For example, providing open office space where team members can talk and discuss projects openly will undoubtedly save time and delays. However, creating separate meeting rooms for others to escape into will also offer a sense of relief and comfort if they need to focus. 

While it’s vital to ensure everybody is comfortable, sometimes you have to consider multiple preferences to find a happy medium. 

4. Storage

What equipment does the company need to store securely? Will your office design accommodate it? Will they need to have external units fitted? Here is a guide to help you determine how much office storage space you may need.

5. Natural or artificial light 

7 Important Considerations for Designing Tech Office Spaces

Twitter Headquarters by IA Interior Architects

Natural light is vital for our circadian rhythm, mood and vitamin D intake, as research proves. While bright offices are excellent, you should find out whether you can avoid too much fluorescent lighting. How can you prevent glare? You can look into the use of blinds, mirrors, and glass partitioning?

6. Ergonomics

Most office workers spend far too much time sitting down. It has become increasingly important to ensure everyone gets enough movement and takes regular breaks. Creating a healthy workspace encourages movement and spending time away from a desk.

An excellent workaround for many companies is investing in smart desks, which staff can tweak to suit their needs. They can spend some time working while standing upright, before toggling the desk back to a seated position. Swiveling office chairs with adjustable back support are also vital. This should extend to seats in meeting rooms, dining areas, or any space where people can relax.

7. Colors and Artwork

7 Important Considerations for Designing Tech Office Spaces

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Finally, it is important to consider the overall mood of the office with its use of color. Art and sculptures can be eye-catching features of offices, even acting as sources of inspiration and creativity. By the same token, the colors of walls can influence moods and efficiency.

Do you want the office colors to match the company's branding? Is this going to improve or hinder performance?

Companies that want their staff to be at their most productive and creative know how vital it is to have a workspace that complements - and doesn’t detract from - their work. We hope this article has been a good reference point for remembering what to take into consideration when you're designing the perfect space for your client.

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