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5 Advantages of the Landscape Office

You might have heard of the landscape office, but remain unsure what exactly it is. The term ‘landscape office’ refers to a variant of the ‘open plan’ office design. The workstations are therefore all arranged in a single open space, with no interior walls separating them or equipment.

The landscape office mainly differs from the mainstream open plan design in that “the workstations are not all positioned facing the same direction”, as explained in the Google-previewed e-book Administrative Management by Annatjie Erasmus, Darelle Groenewald and Edmund Ferreira.

The landscape office comes with various advantages, including some shared with more traditional open-plan spaces. The merits of the landscape option include…

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1. The Layout facilitates easier communication

If you have not yet brought to fruition an open plan for your own office space, you might not have recognised this design’s ability to improve communication between staffers. With staff able to move around more easily, you can cut down on the number of telephone calls that are necessary to make.

2. You can save money on Energy Bills

Like open-plan spaces more generally, a landscape office can help you to reduce the required level of expenditure on heating, air conditioning, and lighting systems. That’s because, whether you adopt a landscape design or another open plan design, you can have fewer interior walls to account for.

3. The Design takes account of Worker Relationships

Did you know that the earliest landscape office was designed in Germany? It happened in 1958, as the designers – the Schnelle brothers – believed that this new design would reflect the relationships between co-workers instead of relationships indicated by manager-imposed power structures.

All of this means that every single member of staff can enjoy an environment just as comfortable as their managers, rather than have to settle for a setting noticeably lower in quality.

4. Workers can still enjoy privacy as it is needed

In an article in the Design journal accessible on the Taylor & Francis Online website, office landscape is referred to as “an open-office, flexible arrangement plan, which also incorporates several completely private areas” – despite the absence of typical walls and halls.

Instead, an array of other elements – including “an organised spatial design, the use of colour, form, dimension and low movable partitions or plantings” – are used to create private areas.

5. The layout remains easy to adapt

Although a landscape design can be more visually elaborate than a standard open-plan design, this would not be at the expense of space’s adjustability.

As acknowledged in a Wisestep article, a landscape layout can feature preassembled cubicles for moving around in the event of more people joining a team. You can, therefore, rest assured that a landscape design will be future-proof for your business, even if it grows quickly.

If you are still unsure how to make a landscape design ‘work’ to help to spur productivity in your employees, give us a call. Our Shoreditch-based workplace design experts can be reached on 020 3944 5906, or you could email us via hello@maris.co.uk.