Modern Office Design Trends are Shifting. Here’s How:

At Island Capital Group, Andrew Farkas and company are leaders in the commercial real estate industry. Every few years, the design of the typical office environment changes. Last month, Emily Wright of London’s acclaimed “The Spaces” design magazine sat down with workspace innovators to learn how the office space is expected to change.

Leading design consultants such as Despina Katsikakis, the woman behind the new offices of Accenture, Microsoft and Morgan Stanley, predicts that the office as a workspace will shift from the traditional layout of rows of desks. Instead, it will have spaces that offer greater comfort and foster more collaboration. This comes not only as a way for businesses to save money by using space more efficiently, but also as a way to provide flexible environments that fit different types of work in the office.

Lord Norman Foster, the architect behind Apple Campus 2 in California, thinks that the office will become much “greener.” He understands that the incoming young workforce is passionate about the environment and sustainability. Given this, Foster predicts that companies will shift their design methods to build more environmentally friendly offices. This focus on sustainability is becoming economically savvy, as well as a way attract younger members of the workforce.

Tamara Brisk, a managing director at WiredScore, predicts that offices will become more dynamic. She posited that spaces will be usable for multiple purposes to allow for a greater accessibility and therefore efficiency of space. For example, she suggested that cafeterias will be designed to be easily transformable so they can be used for hosting meetings at all hours of the day, and that companies may even build isolated spaces that focus on fostering deep creative thought.

As the use of space in offices evolves and new trends take shape, Island Capital Group looks forward to their continued work in the commercial real estate industry.