Offices were once where many of us spent the majority of our time.
But since March, most have stood empty as the nation embarked on the great work-from-home experiment. And by and large that’s been a success, exceeding the expectations of employers and staff alike.
Now though, as city centres suffer the effects of dramatically reduced footfall, calls are growing for offices to welcome back the workforce once more.
However, what’s clear is that there won’t be a swift return to business-as-usual. Offices will have to be adapted to allow for social distancing and further measures to combat virus-spread.
So, how will adopting Covid-friendly design schemes reshape our working environments? And how far will they go in providing the reassurance many need that these spaces are safe?
This is where expert use of colour and an occupant-centred focus can help. So we’ll see a new visual language being adopted in offices through the use of colour-blocking and building colour into a business’ code of conduct.
This will be used to indicate areas that have specific functions within the office. For example in blue zones you could be required to keep your distance from others. Areas of pink could be where teams can safely congregate, while green zones could be spaces for quiet solo reflection. This can also subtly help change habits through association - avoiding the necessity of ugly warning signage.