My favorite designs have always been in the corporate sector, designing office spaces. There are several factors to consider in an office project, such as human behavior, privacy, functionality and perception. There are so many angles to it that only a holistic approach to the design process would be able to accommodate them. I like to understand the values and the corporate identity of our client and integrate them into the office space.
In addition, in the office sector, the working environment has totally changed within the last 10 years. We are surfing on a wave of change. Employers now realize the importance of a well-designed office and see how design is connected to workforce performance. The solution needs to create a pleasant space for everyone involved. The trend is to bring your home into the office, which means the atmosphere is crucial. It also points to the importance of bringing in a more informal meeting area to increase the collaboration between the staff. Also, the quality and the functionality of the space are equally important, with aspects such as acoustics, lighting solutions, and plants. At Swiss Bureau, our team is constantly looking for innovative solutions to respond to new trends and human behavior which require these working environments.
I don’t really have any least favorites. Every project I’ve worked on has been interesting and has offered a new experience. For me each project is a prototype, so sometimes we fail and sometimes we get it right; after-all, this is a learning curve and we evolve and grow as designers. That’s the point, right?