Top trends in commercial architecture

There are many trends throughout the years within commercial architecture but some are here to stay. With the world becoming more consciously aware of the environment, many are coming up with new innovative ways to design where we live, work and spend our time. Here are 2019’s top new trends in commercial architecture.

Open-plan offices

In recent years open plan living has become extremely popular within residential buildings. This year has seen the trend integrate into commercial buildings and layouts. Open plan living has solved many issues within commercial and residential properties, including creating more space that seamlessly integrates the inside with the outside; this can be achieved through having large walls that fold away.

Environmentally-friendly design

Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and decreasing the damage they are doing to the environment, as well as increasing their social responsibility. Brands are now more aware than ever about how much going ‘green’ matters to their employees and their customers and incorporate this by using solar panels on roofs, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, and recycling and recycling materials.

Flexible-working design

Commercial buildings have had to adapt how they function because flexible working is on the rise; many people work from home or split their working week between their home and the office. Gone are the days of having your very own desk, and it is hot-desking that is now more popular. Hot desking means that anyone can use any available desk at different periods of time. It’s easier if you have many employees that work from home and in the office.

Prioritising the experience of employees

Businesses are incorporating diverse elements from the hotel and hospitality industry to integrate experience-driven spaces into the workplace. This is all to prioritise wellness, enjoyment of the workplace and is all part of your brand. These elements speak to your company’s culture and can include things like massage therapy, rock climbing walls, game rooms, and yoga studios.


Our new office move


The time is finally here! We closed our offices last week on Friday and Monday in order to make the final preparations and make the exciting move to our brand-new office space.

We are, of course, slightly nostalgic about the move from our Salisbury Road office; it served us well and we enjoyed a great many successes there. But as we close one chapter and open the next with this move; it’s an exciting time for Design Studio Architects as we continue to grow as a team and as a business.

Our managing director, Keshiv Sudera, said: “The new office move allows for a state-of-the-art design studio environment within a stunning grade two listed building, for the team to work and enjoy. The clients will benefit from the move as we create an improved visitor experience whilst allowing for future growth for the practice.”

Always striving to look to the future and remain innovative with our business – and with the recent rebrand being a huge success, we feel like we’re making headway in where we want to take Design Studio Architects, and really shouting about what we can offer our customers.

We Think. We Listen. We Design. Placing customers at the heart of everything we do, we aim to fulfil their project visions and produce tailored, high quality, finished products in a way – which not only serves our client’s needs but also creates projects that we are proud of

Now that we’re all settled in, feel free to pop in and check out our new offices if you have any architectural queries or need advice.