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Cubicle Comeback?

Open space design has enjoyed stylistic preference in the last decade, from homes and outdoor areas to workplaces. Open design office spaces are touted as places that foster creativity, communication, and access to teammates: all clear organizational advantages.

However, a loss of personal workspace, coupled with increased distractions – 53% of workers in a recent study noted coworkers sidetracked them as they tried to work; 42% stated they had improvised designs to try to block out such interruptions – are leading organizational designers to reconsider how they are staging offices.

Office Cubicles - Arclin

While the sea of tiny cubicles that has so often been the punchline of work-related jokes in the past may not be the solution, innovative, adaptive designs providing employees personalized, productive spaces are gaining attention. Mobile work technology and ever-increasing access to Wi-Fi allows employees greater freedom than ever in where they choose to work. Co-work spaces, home offices, and coffeehouses have helped to redefine what it means to “go to work.” Companies seeking to incentivize working from a shared organizational space are challenged to create designs that provide what have been called “employee experience centers”: modern, functional, stylish places where employees are excited to show up, settle in, and work.

Office Cubicles

One strategy in this trend is dedicating customized areas for specific tasks and daily workplace operations and experiences. For instance, an office may include some open space to host collaborative initiatives, private workspaces for those who need environments free from interruption, and kitchen areas that mimic the retail environments offsite employees have grown to enjoy. Arclin’s collection of decorative overlays for the office  provide the variety, functionality, and durability to create such spaces – offices where staff members benefit from home-like amenities as well as the tools they need to succeed in their jobs. Options such as Matterhorn and Folkstone are ideal backdrops for clean, modern spaces that foster creativity.

Individual and Global Benefits

Traditional workplace designs created a clear sense of hierarchy: those in charge inhabited large, richly decorated offices, while those working beneath them were relegated to small, impersonal spaces. New thinking in office design emphasizes the importance of each team member, providing design options that take individual preference and taste in mind. Arclin’s varied design palates such as Midtown Harvest Collection and The Legacy Collection allow this sort of decorative diversity, ensuring employees benefit from personalized workspaces that lend themselves to innovation.

While highlighting the importance of individuals is key, organizations are also moving toward green designs and materials that honor the environment beyond the office. TFL, with its sustainably sourced materials, can help companies achieve both goals, offering beautiful design options that express individual design preferences while protecting natural resources for all.

Office Cubicle Design - Arclin

The Rise of the Food Hall

Food halls — the more sophisticated cousin to food courts — are on the rise in cities all across the United States. Evolved from the traditional market places where proprietors would gather to sell their specialities, the modern food hall borrows that notion of authenticity; but, instead of setting up shop in a mall or airport, vendors typically repurpose old factories or warehouses and often feature locally produced or sourced food. On the occasion the food halls are built from scratch, they are often located in budding city centers where foot traffic is a sure bet.

And with more than 100 modern food halls dotting major cities, it’s becoming easier to choose where to eat local — and in style.  And according to commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield, more options are on the way. The number of food halls are expected to double by 2019. 

Why so popular?

Food halls give people the ability to walk through an architecturally interesting building and have choose from a number of cuisine options. Some food halls are refurbished warehouses or train stations, while others are new construction. Regardless, you find open and airy spaces that use interesting materials to create intimate spaces in a sea of bustle.

Food halls take a more local twist on traditional food courts, allowing local vendors to set up shop in an area supported by other local businesses with strong foot traffic.

Union Market, DC

One of the oldest markets in the United States, Union Market (then called Centre Market) was born as fresh food venue born over 200 years ago. After being forced to relocate to make room for the National Archives, it reopened as the Union Terminal Market in 1931. The market featured large, airy, well lit indoor stalls for 700 vendors, cold storage vaults, elevators and a public café. Through the years, another move, and a rough period in the 1980s when vendors abandoned the city for the suburbs, Union Market today is a bustling center of commerce and cuisine.

Keeping true to its original open and airy design, today the renovated industrial space features more than 40 food vendors, shops and work spaces. Former loading docks serve as dining patios, creative lighting forms attractive spaces, and flexible wall coverings make the concrete structure usable.  

Union Market Rise Food Hall - Arclin TFL (Photos from @unionmarketdc)

Legacy Hall, Plano

Deep in the heart of Texas, the newly opened Legacy Hall in Plano is a combination of food hall, craft brewery, beer garden and entertainment platform rolled into one. The three-story development includes seven bars and over 20 vendor stalls, including one that rotates regularly according to an Eater article. Whether you’re in the mood for chicken, donuts, fruit or seafood, the Legacy Hall has it covered.

Built out of a combination of shipping containers, repurposed pallets, glass and steel, this brand new hall benefits from an indoor-outdoor flow.

Legacy Hall Food Hall - Arclin TFL

(Photos from @legacyfoodhall)

The Bottling Department, San Antonio

This old brewery bottling department turned food hall sits near the San Antonio River. Its renovated design still echos its original 1800s industrial factory look with exposed brick and salvaged cornerstones. The new mix of contemporary features like natural wood-like element, straight lines, and pops of color make for a time transportive experience.

Though a smaller food hall featuring just five chef-led vendors, the Pearl’s Bottling Department’s new purpose is to bring forth a culinary collaboration between, farmers, ranchers, chefs, and food lovers.

Bottling Department Food Hall - Arclin TFL

(Photos from @bottlinedept)

The rise of the food hall is changing the way people dine out and with the abundant choices, is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. We’re excited to see the creative design (and delectable concoctions) food halls are rolling out in more cities across the U.S – keep a look out for one near you!