Going Vertical in Office Spaces

It is easy to see why the art of architecture is shifting into “vertical” philosophy. Decades ago, the natural movement for expansion or for utilization is horizontal. For office architecture, this literally meant expanding into adjacent spaces in order to meet changing demands of additional personnel or additional operations room.

Today however is a distinctly different picture. The continuously skyrocketing population of people, infrastructures and vehicles have put considerable stress in spaces and have therefore, by necessity, revolutionized architecture. In other words, as space is literally becoming a scarce resource, newer architectural philosophies have evolved in order to maximize limited spaces.

And the trend for offices seem to be to go vertical. And this does not only meant in terms of adding levels or floors to a building. Office interior design and additions and alterations (A&A) works in Singapore seem to be heading in the same direction.

Of course, functionality and practicality are still the primary considerations. A good interior design is one that allows freedom of movement in order to be productive. The availability of various resources or sections or units such as conference rooms, server rooms and visitor lounge are still basic utilities that are central in retail office interior design in Singapore.

But aesthetic has posed a rather trivial problem. And in today’s fast-paced helter-skelter work scene, there is a need to make the office environment relaxing and conducive. As sicence has proven, the layout, color combination and over-all visual impression can have a positive impact on health, productivity, happiness, and general well-being and therefore understanding personal tastes in style balanced with creating a welcoming and functional environment is the a important function of modern office interior designing.

In this regard, for many Singapore retail office interior designers, optimal space utilization and pleasing art work have become an art and science of vertical optimization, a vision of providing optimum functionality in limited spaces without making things look cramped.

But even when going vertical, there are still residues of traditional versus modern aesthetics in office interior designs in Singapore. Generally, traditional designs are designs that evoke warmth and details and tend to reflect consistency, order and attention to detail and have a restful, homey, unfussy feel to them. In Singapore, a traditional office interior design usually involves use of carved wood furnishings combined with floral and nature-inspired graphic touches. Meanwhile, modern interior design is usually ‘minimalist’, a term which has had multiple applications in art. In a nutshell, a minimalist office interior design uses edgy spaces like lofts or spacious large homes that evoke a cosmopolitan environment with large and low-profile furniture with simple lines, geometric designs, and vintage pieces that serve as creative focal points are at home in a modern interior space. Such office interior layouts provide wide spaces, clean lines, clutter-free aesthetics, and monochromatic palettes that provide comfortable and calming feel. Modern office interior design in Singapore also often makes use of furniture made from industrial materials such as glass and metal and may be modular in their design, often featuring innovative storage options like overhead cabinets, multi-functional appliances.