We live in a constantly changing world. It sometimes seems as though trends emerge overnight. New attitudes, needs and wants can become commonplace over a relatively short period of time and office design is no different.

Adrian Norman

Head of Design

02nd Jun 2023

Over the years, office design has evolved significantly, influenced not only by technology but also by various other factors. Here’s a snapshot of some of the trends Morgan Lovell’s design team has identified:

Flexible workspaces

In 2015, the concept of flexible workspaces was gaining traction, but by 2023, it has become a dominant trend. Office designs now prioritise adaptability to accommodate different team sizes and project-based work. Spaces that can be easily reconfigured for meetings, focused work, and relaxation have become popular.

Collaboration is king

While collaboration was important in 2015, it has become even more crucial in 2023. Open workplaces are now the norm, fostering a sense of community and encouraging interaction. Flexible desks and informal meeting areas promote spontaneous conversations and serendipitous encounters, driving true collaboration. Interactive interiors, whiteboards, and inspiration walls have also gained popularity.

A focus on space efficiency

Optimising office space has become a priority due to rising rents. In 2023, flexible workspaces and concepts like shared desks and hot-desking have gained prominence. The mobile workforce, with anytime access to information, has reduced the importance of individual desks.

Turning down the volume

Noise levels in open-plan workplaces were a concern in 2015 and remain so in 2023. Agile working environments have been introduced to address this issue, providing different working options, including quiet areas, isolation rooms, and purpose-designed meeting areas.

Let there be light

Wellbeing has become a popular concept in the workplace. While natural light was acknowledged as important in 2015, it has become a top priority by 2023. Offices now incorporate large windows and outdoor areas for staff to work or relax. Bringing nature indoors with plants and flowers is also common. Additional facilities such as showers, cycle spaces, and healthy refreshments are provided to promote staff wellbeing.