Ability to implement office design critical – on par with price and location

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June 29, 2016

By: Ryan Mathews, Marketing Manager, JLL

Office design that appeals to an employee’s non-work self, has open and flexible workspace options, and uses natural materials is important for companies in San Francisco to consider. The ability to implement these current trends is as critical, if not equal to, price and location. The Skyline report examines local insights on office supply, demand, leverage and investment.

Office design trends

One of the hot topics in commercial real estate office design is workplace strategy. Gone are the days of lifetime employment with one company, at one desk, in one cubicle. Today’s (millennial) workforce insists on an office environment that speaks to their non-work selves.


Hello open office, hyper-personalization and choice design. Over the years, the office walls have literally come down. Tech firms played a huge role in creating this new office design trend, but everyone has jumped on board. Bottom line–open space encourages collaboration and creativity.


Advances in technology, the internet and social media have drastically changed the way we send and receive information. Things travel at light speed and mobile phones and laptops make it possible to work from anywhere. Office spaces are increasingly designed to support untethered work activities.


In order to attract and retain talent, particularly in the tech sector, companies must develop a cultural environment that becomes an extension of their brand. Office design must address a lifestyle more than a place to work–taking in to account things like sustainability, health and wellness, and authenticity. Synthetic materials like drywall and carpet are being replaced by natural materials like reclaimed brick and concrete.


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