The Google effect on office interior design
We at Select Interiors often receive briefs from clients – “We want to be like Google” meaning funky offices, playful furniture, ping-pong & table football.
One of the things the Google effect has had is the idea that work is somehow an office as playground. This may be appropriate for Google, but not for the majority of businesses that A. do not have the resources, B. the space and C. the same ethos and staff demographic. If an organisations culture is not like or allied to Google’s then the concept could backfire.
54% of waking hours are spent at work –Sodhexo Workplace Trends 2014
We at Select Interiors Manchester Office Design & fit out understand the growing Generation Y workforce’s (millennials) requirement for blending work and personal life. Bringing a more holistic approach to work and life balance and the need for belonging and connecting is very important to a younger, highly collaborative workforce like Google’s. As organisations embrace employee engagement, there is a growing realisation that simply looking at productivity is too myopic. What’s needed is a broader concept of people at work
A new focus on wellbeing and a ‘people centric’ approach to office designs is replacing the outdated ‘spacentric’ approach. Historically the design process centred around processes and functional requirements designed for the best interest of the organisation
People- Centric design put people at the hub of the design process with outcomes related to quality of working life. The assumption being that as quality of life (54%) improves traditional business issues – engagement, performance and staff retention.
The benefits of companies and designers starting to focus more on the human capital aspect of organisational performance when designing workplaces are illustrated above
“Research suggests that architecture, interior design and furnishings provide a tangible way to support – or even change – the culture of an organisation,” Dr Michael O’Neil research strategist for 25 years researching the relationship between office design and worker behaviour
Select Interiors Manchester interior designers have been fortunate enough to have designed an Office Interior for Google- Digital Garage concept at Leeds
See excerpts below for a Google Garage & Hello Work design for Leeds Dock by Select interiors manchester
Part of interior design presentation for Hello Work & Google Garage at Leeds Dock
3D design model for Google Garage & Hello Work, Leeds Dock
Digital Mood Board for Google Garage & Hello Work, Leeds Dock
Google Digital Garage is an investor and promotor of computer science training for Schools, workshops and events for teachers. An online training resources for businesses of all sizes. ‘’It is Google’s responsibility, as both a catalyst and an engine for growth, to help individual businesses prosper, and the UK economy grow’’ Eileen Naughton, Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland
The Select Team received the brief and interpreted in our unique way including our ‘People-Centric’ approach by introducing communal collaborative, quiet and informal meeting areas within the same space. Select Interiors Office Design and Fit out Company also incorporated a speaking / lecture space, all the element were subtly divided by an indoor planting scheme and use of mobile acoustic screens
design and fit out a Coffee Roastery outlet by Select interiors Manchester.
Select Interiors Manchester have won a unique contract at Leeds Dock near the Google Garage to design and fit out a Coffee Roastery outlet. Our in house design team worked closely with the client to create this exciting concept
The company is a Leeds based producer that focus on sourcing and roasting the highest quality coffees, they craft roast the finest beans using all five senses to perfect each batch and extract the full potential of every batch they roast.
The space designed and soon to be fitted out by Select Interiors Ltd will be used to roast on site, customers will be able to come in learn about and see the craft in process, then sit down and enjoy the results.
There will also be a Barista School running courses. If you’re in the business of coffee, whether as a retailer, supplier or as owner of a coffee shop, the training workshops will provide the basics of coffee production. Expertise in working with fresh coffee beans, the use of coffee-making gear and machines, and skill in mixing coffee-based beverages.
Plan layout of proposed scheme by Select Interiors Manchester shop and office fitters
Elevations of the scheme by Select Interiors Manchester shop & office fitters
Mood board for the interior design of this ground breaking concept to bring a Coffee Roaster to the high street
We at Select Interiors judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them – the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives. It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging.
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The ‘People-Centric design theme will be the subject of further blogs, with a case study of an interior design for a national Rail operator
The team at Select Interiors would like to thank all the clients above for their valued enquiries and business and would like to thank you for taking the time to read our blog
Signed the Select Team