Offices for Small Spaces

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Overview

Even in challenging economic climates, business must carry on, must do more with less, make greater use of fewer resources.One such commonly affected resource is a fundamental one — physical office space. As businesses try to make smaller, less expensive office spaces viable, the challenge is of course to maintain a professional atmosphere which, though small, still allows all workplace needs to take place. Offices for Small Spaces showcases over two dozen innovative small offices from all over the world and from all sorts of businesses — and none larger than 865 square feet! — that make the most of their area and nonetheless manage to create a habitable workplace environment conducive to success of business. Offices for Small Spaces is sure to provide plenty of ideas for your own workspace.

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While many office workers may feel like they work in a small box, many of the office designs here actually are small boxes. The first section of the book provides basic information on space-saving advances made in the six basic components of an office-furniture, partitions, conference rooms, chairs, shelving and work surfaces. For instance, "chairs play an important role in expressing the image and supporting [sic] the operation of many offices." The brightly colored balls and boxes that make up conference room seating for a graphic design agency specializing in children's books or a low lacquered conference table surrounded by mats for a Japanese advertising agency make more sense after this basic orientation. Unfortunately, while architects may be enthralled by the cleverness with which these components are made to fit into difficult spaces, in most of the designs ergonomic health and safety seem to have been left behind with the cubicles (the inflexibility of which, according to Bahamon, are "a thing of the past"); in one project for an unidentified business, a sinuous green platform functions simultaneously as desk, chair and knee-bruiser. The photograph of blurry office workers hunched over their unilevel keyboards would make anyone's back ache in sympathy. The book is not for those seeking to redesign their home offices-its space-saving ideas are discussed strictly from the point of view of their designers. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060598457
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 10.55 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Alejandro Bahamón is an architect, writer, and editor. He is the author of many design and architecture books including Mini House, Small Apartments, and Small Lofts.

Christina Montes is the editor of Country Weekend Homes and Beach Weekend Homes previously published by Harper Design International, and also contributes to various magazines specializing in decoration and interior design and she lives in Barcelona, Spain.

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Offices for Small Spaces


By Montes, Christina

Harper Design International

ISBN: 006059845X

Furniture

Partitions

Internal partitions are highly important in any office project. New materials and light structures have made the inflexibility of cubicle dividers a thing of the past. A project for a small space should simplify these divisions as much as possible, ensuring that they take up the minimum amount of space and provide the privacy required in each case. Traditional materials such as glass and wood are now complemented by others, such as polycarbonate, fiberglass, and metallic mesh.

Conference rooms

Conference rooms are the most important spaces in a company for many office design projects -- not just because of the face the company wants to present to the public, but also because of its internal work dynamic. These spaces are fundamental to expressing the corporate image and work philosophy. In some cases they may be very formal, while in others they may be run-of-the-mill, cluttered with the paraphernalia of the work routine.

Chairs

In addition to their ergonomic qualities, fundamental to the comfort of those who spend so many hours seated, chairs play an important role in expressing the image and supporting the operation of many offices. Chairs can define the company's character while also providing flexible seating and easily removeable options within the space.

Shelving

The storage of work materials, books, or documents is fundamental to an office design project. Often, shelving is used as a basic design element in order to project a certain image. Because of their prominence, shelves play an important role in interior design. They can function as internal dividers, line the walls, or act as movable modules.

Work Sufaces

Desks, tables, and counters are perhaps the only unavoidable elements in any workspace. Their shape, size, and placement are determined entirely by the type of work to be performed. Tall work surfaces are better for tasks that can be completed relatively quickly or for customer service. Other work surfaces function as conference tables or can be moved about so they can be combined or stored.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Furniture 8
Partitions 10
Conference Rooms 12
Chairs 14
Shelving 16
Work Surfaces 18
Projects 20
Glen Irani Architects 22
Office At 103 30
Leroy Street Studio 34
Pawson Office 38
British Summer 46
Graphic Design Office 54
Bill Smith Studio 58
EGA 64
Sports Agency 72
BBH 80
Fred 86
Messana O'Rorke Architects 92
Courtyard Office 100
Hausmaninger and Herbst 104
Fast Forward 110
Customs Office 116
Raika Bank 122
Geotext 130
Cahoots 138
1613 Abbot Kinney 144
Architecture Studio 150
Xavier Goma Studio 156
Designer's Office 162
Printmakers Live/Work Space 166
Rohner Office 172
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First Chapter

Offices for Small Spaces

Furniture

Partitions

Internal partitions are highly important in any office project. New materials and light structures have made the inflexibility of cubicle dividers a thing of the past. A project for a small space should simplify these divisions as much as possible, ensuring that they take up the minimum amount of space and provide the privacy required in each case. Traditional materials such as glass and wood are now complemented by others, such as polycarbonate, fiberglass, and metallic mesh.

Conference rooms

Conference rooms are the most important spaces in a company for many office design projects -- not just because of the face the company wants to present to the public, but also because of its internal work dynamic. These spaces are fundamental to expressing the corporate image and work philosophy. In some cases they may be very formal, while in others they may be run-of-the-mill, cluttered with the paraphernalia of the work routine.

Chairs

In addition to their ergonomic qualities, fundamental to the comfort of those who spend so many hours seated, chairs play an important role in expressing the image and supporting the operation of many offices. Chairs can define the company's character while also providing flexible seating and easily removeable options within the space.

Shelving

The storage of work materials, books, or documents is fundamental to an office design project. Often, shelving is used as a basic design element in order to project a certain image. Because of their prominence, shelves play an important role in interior design. They can function as internal dividers, line the walls, or act as movable modules.

Work Sufaces

Desks, tables, and counters are perhaps the only unavoidable elements in any workspace. Their shape, size, and placement are determined entirely by the type of work to be performed. Tall work surfaces are better for tasks that can be completed relatively quickly or for customer service. Other work surfaces function as conference tables or can be moved about so they can be combined or stored.

Offices for Small Spaces. Copyright © by Alejandro Bahamon. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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