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The Rise of Office Design in High-Performance, Open-Plan Environments

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Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW2006, Australia
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School of Business and Tourism, Southern Cross University, Lismore, QLD4225, Australia
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Buildings 2019, 9(4), 100; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9040100
Received: 28 March 2019 / Revised: 20 April 2019 / Accepted: 21 April 2019 / Published: 23 April 2019
This study aimed to identify key drivers behind workers’ satisfaction, perceived productivity, and health in open-plan offices while at the same time understanding design similarities shared by high-performance workspaces. Results from a dataset comprising a total of 8827 post-occupancy evaluation (POE) surveys conducted in 61 offices in Australia and a detailed analysis of a subset of 18 workspaces (n = 1949) are reported here. Combined, the database-level enquiry and the subset analysis helped identifying critical physical environment-related features with the highest correlation scores for perceived productivity, health, and overall comfort of the work area. Dataset-level analysis revealed large-size associations with spatial comfort, indoor air quality, building image and maintenance, noise distraction and privacy, visual comfort, personal control, and connection to the outdoor environment. All high-performance, open-plan offices presented a human-centered approach to interior design, purposely allocated spaces to support a variety of work-related tasks, and implemented biophilic design principles. These findings point to the importance of interior design in high-performance workspaces, especially in relation to open-plan offices. View Full-Text
Keywords: open-plan offices; post-occupancy evaluation; perceived productivity; satisfaction; design open-plan offices; post-occupancy evaluation; perceived productivity; satisfaction; design
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Candido, C.; Chakraborty, P.; Tjondronegoro, D. The Rise of Office Design in High-Performance, Open-Plan Environments. Buildings 2019, 9, 100.

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