An Oasis of Peace and Calm in the Open Plan Office Desert.
The Quiet Room.
The recent trend in office design is towards open-plan work environments. Set aside the peripheral problems open-plan layouts cause, such as loss of privacy, loss of identity and lower productivity. You have one main problem and that is a lack of concentration by staff, primarily caused by noise, in particular, speech.
One of the most efficient ways interior designers tackle this problem is to introduce the quiet room. Think of the quiet room as an oasis of peace and calm in an open-plan desert of noise and distraction. Use it for detailed tasks requiring high levels of concentration or for creative work where a clear, focused mind is required.
Locate the quiet room away from busy areas in the office and most importantly, clearly communicate to staff where it is and what it is to be used for. Develop a booking system for the room and be careful it doesn’t become someone’s “office”. Size-wise, quiet rooms only need to be for one person, although the concept of dual person rooms is quite popular. However as the size of the room increases, it tends to start to become less of a quiet, calm space and more of a general meeting room!