Divide Your Work Space with Sliding Glass Walls
Changing Routines Are Causing a Dramatic Rethink in Home and Office Design
Today’s work spaces have to fulfil a wider range of purposes than ever. A sliding glass wall is a clever and elegant way to subdivide your space.
What does the typical office workspace look like? Ask that question to ten people today and you will get a far more varied range of answers than you would have received 20 years ago.
Changes in working patterns, brought about in part by the technological revolution and in part by evolving business practices, have meant that there is no longer a one size fits all answer to what a business needs from an office. To add to the confusion even further, those needs can easily change from one day to the next.
More room for collaboration
The shift towards remote working has meant that fewer people come into an office to sit at a desk doing their job from nine till five, simply because they can do it just as easily from any other location as long as they have a laptop and an internet connection.
Increasingly, then, anyone attending an office is doing so because they need to spend time with others. That is to say collaborative spaces are what really matter. These might be of the formal board room variety or more along the lines of places where colleagues can sit on sofas in comfort and exchange ideas over cups of coffee.
Incorporating elements of design that make an office adaptable to different needs from one day to the next is absolutely vital, and sliding glass partitions provide an elegant, airy and contemporary way of doing so. More is being learned every day about the importance of natural light for wellbeing and productivity – this is part of the reason glass structures are so common today, and incorporating this into design on the inside, as well as including bi folding doors to make a seamless transition to the outside world makes sense on every level.
At home and at work
Clever use of glass is not just restricted to conventional offices, however. Increasingly over recent years, we have been hearing less of the word “home” and more of the term “living space.” It might sound like a cynical and senseless reinvention by interior designers who should know better, but there is actually a serious rationale behind the term.
Home is where the heart is. It is where we gather with friends and family to live and love, where memories are made and lives unfold. It is also where we go to escape the rigours of work. But all that has changed with our 21st century lifestyles. More people than ever now work from home, and despite its ubiquity, there is still something about the phrase that sounds almost paradoxical. We are so used to the demarcation that our brains struggle to accept the concept of being at work and at home simultaneously.
Maintaining that boundary is vital in order to achieve the kind of work life balance to which we all aspire. And doing so with glass partitioning makes as much sense in our “domestic living space” as it does in a commercial one.