Impact of COVID-19 on office space design

The commercial real estate segment has witnessed various changes over the past year, such as corporates increasingly preferring flexible workspaces and offices that have an emphasis on health and hygiene. There will also be several other marked changes, including the usage of adjustable furniture and larger layouts that have more sub-spaces.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the demand and supply of commercial real estate in a significant manner. While most corporates have adopted the work-from-home model, they are expected to return to work to offices in a few months as more people get vaccinated. In such a scenario, there is a marked shift in office space design. For instance, the pandemic has led to the de-densification of spaces, flexibility in lease durations, and more emphasis on health and hygiene. To understand the phenomenon in detail, 99acres interacted with Madhav Raman, Co-Founder, Anagram Architects, during the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards (India) 2021.

What is the impact of COVID-19 on office space design?

Due to the widespread adoption of collaborative, productive and communication technology tools during the pandemic, it appears that a sharp moderation in the intensity and density of use of erstwhile office (or commercial) spaces is here to stay. As we begin to work more from home and increasingly meet people online, office floor plates will no longer be designed for mono-functional organisational departments with maximum occupancies but for user diversity with optimum occupancies.

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