OFFICE SPACE / by Ryan Newman

Scene from the movie Office Space

Scene from the movie Office Space

Since the invention of personalized computers in the 1980’s, how we work has changed drastically. Workplace design is evolving its focus from transparency and collaboration with open office spaces to amplifying personal choice and flexibility; it is finally starting to embrace the change that was enabled by the digital revolution.

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photography by / engineering by anton georgiev

Flexibility in the workplace runs in lockstep with current business trends that are emphasizing employee experience. A recent survey by office furniture retailer Steelcase and research firm Ipsos shows a strong correlation between employees’ satisfaction with their work environment and their level of engagement [1]. In fact, Kathleen Christensen, who launched the Sloan Foundation’s National Workplace Flexibility Initiative, conducted a research study that found flexible work arrangements had the power to significantly increase job satisfaction and employee loyalty which, in return, positively affected financial, operational, and business outcomes.

In a case study to better understand the power of flexibility and employee engagement, we took the opportunity to reimagine a portion of our own studio that is currently underutilized. RALOK studied three different concepts that ranged in flexibility.


"STUDIO" Concept takes a look at providing equal importance for the individual and collaborative work.

The "NOOKS" Concept is a modular space that maximizes the customization options.

The "BRAINSTORM" Concept Divides the space into smaller areas that allow the user to engage in ownership of an area. The area is strategically sectioned by functionality ranging from collaborative to ‘heads down’ or private workspace.

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