Open Office Hacks: Partitions

Like it or not, open offices are here to stay. Too much effiency and a lack of better alternatives have made it so. But that doesn't mean your team is stuck in a nosiy pool of borderless, unproductive space.

In this post, we'll focusing on how to use partitions to alleviate some of the well-known problems with open office environments.

Chalkboard partitions at the offices of Bubble in Prague have multipurpose function.
Chalkboard partitions at the offices of Bubble in Prague have multipurpose function.
More surfaces to write

At the offices of content agency Bubble, in Prague, chalkboard partitions double as writing surfaces for brainstorming and internal marketing messages. Each is suspended from a pulley that may be adjusted for height.

Columns don't have to be open office nemeses.
Columns don't have to be open office nemeses.
What to do about those annoying columns

Necessary as structural support, columns can no less pose some challenges to space allocation and design. Design firm Thirdway Interiors tackles them head on, using adjoining partions to form breakout spaces on the floor of Xero's London office

Odd couple: wood and carpet

Wood and carpet combine in a surprising way to give Paris's oldest insurance company a modern home. The wood partitions pictured above occur frequently throughout the office to designate various work space, from conference rooms to team pods.

Double-duty plants

The Day One offices in New York use plants for more than holistic decoration; they also serve as the dominant component in partitions stationed throughout the floor. The result is an office that's still open but calm and semi-private. 


Looking for tips on how to optimze your space? Ask me @brandedcarter and I'll get you an expert opinion.

 

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Brandon is a senior content marketing manager at SquareFoot. He lives in Brooklyn and enjoys pretending to be a foodie.
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