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Open Plan Versus Closed Office Space

Office designers have been trying to adapt offices for decades to better suit the nature of work as well as meet company demands for cost-cutting and integrating new technology.

In this interior design article, we discuss workplace design and the current office trend leaning more toward open plan and hot desking rather than closed offices.  We point out the advantages and disadvantages of an open plan office layout.

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In an open-plan work environment, the openness may improve communication and collaboration among your workers, but it also may reduce concentration and productivity.  We discuss the pros & cons of an open-plan office space.

These are some of the topics we discuss:

          - Staff Advantages
          - Business Advantages
          - Staff Disadvantages
          - Business Disadvantages
          - Office Trends of the Future     

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About Malcolm & Sumner

Established in 1991, Malcolm & Sumner's design team enjoys working closely with their commercial clients on diverse projects in the corporate, medical, hospitality and retail sectors.  Our vast range of design experience includes relocation, refurbishment and re-organisation projects throughout New Zealand and around the world.

By integrating both our interior design and project management skills, we offer a complete design service to achieve a highly personalised and professional result; on time and on budget.

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About the Author

Malcolm & Sumner Design Auckland
Diane Sumner,  BID.
Design Director
Graduate from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Manitoba, Canada since 1981.

Diane founded Malcolm & Sumner in 1991 and is the main designer and client liaison.  She specialises in spatial planning, problem solving and relocation management.
 The offices have lifted staff moral.  There is better work flow in the open areas and communication has improved.  We've pulled the whole team back together including better access to managers. Everyone in the office now gets a view and natural light."

   John Bishop - (Former) CEO
   Home & Leisure Ltd // Case Study

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Established in 1991, Malcolm & Sumner’s design team appreciates for most businesses, relocating or refurbishing is a major undertaking and investment. Providing a seamless transition is vital.  We help our clients with creative solutions to transform their space, on time and on budget.

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