Last week, I toured 5 San Francisco coworking spaces to see if I wanted to work out of any of them whenever I am in the city. The process of deciding what kind of office space I want for myself got me to thinking about the nature of office space in general. The result is this blog post.
Purpose of an Office
Why does the office exist? There are three principal purposes of offices:
Implications for Large Teams
Building on the priority of productivity and collaboration in office spaces, there are 4 key questions to consider when selecting or creating an office space:
After answering these questions, a 5th might be added that draws in the Signaling mechanism of an office: What impression do you want to give to outsiders about the organization? Some organizations may want to show off the money they have to impress outsiders. Others may want to show their humility and resourcefulness by keeping more modest surroundings.
When answering these questions, it's important to keep in mind three things:
Sources of Inspiration
Looking around at already existing offices, there are a number of features that I think are worth considering from different types of work spaces.
There is no conclusion here. This is the start of an ongoing thought process regarding how to create the best office space possible for myself, organizations I'm involved with, and others.