Optimizing People Flow in Tomorrow’s Office Buildings

Kimmo Kujala
Business Development Director
KONE, Espoo

Office buildings are often symbolic, representing the brand and ambition of their designers, developers and anchor tenants. Businesses are constantly changing, but in the future, they will take change itself – flexibility and adaptability – as a core working technique. Because of this, the modern office building itself is becoming increasingly more adaptable, with flexible workspaces, non-assigned desks and movable walls to accommodate work and social interactions. Office spaces that offer flexibility for current and future needs, the latest technologies, and enable smooth people flow from front door to working areas are critical to a building’s success.

In these modern office buildings, the potential to move large numbers of people during peak hours must remain, but efficiency, security and individual experience grow in importance. Besides highlighting key office trends, we will share how vertical and horizontal transportation solutions can take everyday office activities like access control, traveling between floors via elevators and visitor management to a new level of ease and efficiency.

When planning the people flow for tomorrow’s office buildings, it is critical to have a deep understanding of the different user groups including building facility management, tenants and visitors. Within the core user groups, it is important to understand the different roles and profiles. Tenants, for example, may be comprised of a diverse mix of partners, freelancers and contractors working alongside full-time employees. The needs, preferences and habits of these user groups should be taken into consideration as early as possible in the planning stage but also monitored and updated once an office building is in use.