Office Interior Design in Kenya


Office Interior Design in Kenya

A good office interior design in Kenya is one that as far as possible uses Kenyan produced building materials. A good office interior design speaks volumes of the materials used that constitute to its final finish. Use of Kenyan sourced materials from a nearby manufacturing site not only helps cut costs but also make products greener by cutting down on transportation distances, which lowers greenhouse gas emission. The Association of Designers of Kenya puts an emphasis on green buildings. what we put into our building influences our well-being. By choosing local materials for the finishes of your office interior design project in Kenya, we are increasing our chances of having a better quality of life inside our buildings. Keeping in mind that air and water quality are essential to all of us regardless of where we live or work, having a sustainable climate outside of our offices and buildings is important to the climate in our of our offices and buildings.
A good office interior design and fit-out is one that promotes monitoring and reviewing systems focusing on specific outcomes of work carried out in an office such as improved timescales, turnover, output, sales, etc. Office interior design aims at employee and customer satisfaction through the ease at which they can perform transactions or duties. An office layout that eliminates the need for redundant movements or unnecessary task completion toward common goals helps employees to feel more accomplished.
You have heard of Kenyan office workers who have a coat at there desk and take french leave. An efficient office design facilitates ease of supervision. An office manager or supervisor should have little difficulty focusing on his work, and will still be available to supervise employees. Office interior design creates room for the manager to easily check productivity and move through the office space fluidly.
Most employees spend a majority of their time working inside offices buildings. The office room conditions, the office design, affect employee's work productivity. Office layout is an important part of the overall business culture and success. A good office interior design is not only functional and elegant; it provides comfortable work areas for your staff.
There are basically three main types of office layouts. The two traditional office layouts are partitioned offices and open plan offices while the third contemporary office is the virtual office. Here we will discuss to some detail on the two traditional office layouts; we will not discuss virtual office much here. We will however give you the pros and cons of all the three kinds of office interior designs.
It's essential when designing a modern office fit-out that it should serve everybody equally and be totally inclusive of the community as a whole, including people with disabilities. Using insights gained over the years enables us to create unique stylish solutions for people with special needs who have to cope with real life access and mobility difficulties every day. Remaining flexible throughout the office design and fit-out process is the key. Careful planning goes into every aspect of our office interior design and fit-outs to ensure they are accessible to all levels of mobility.
Why do we emphasis on the use of local building materials for your office interior design project in Kenya? We need to ensure that what we select, produce and install has all the right elements to promote a sustainable future.

Use of gypsum in office interior design

We recommend the use of gypsum boards for office wall partitioning and ceiling construction. Gypsum is a mineral mined in Kenya and we have local manufacturing. Gypsum gives a comfortable and aesthetic ambiance as office interior construction material. It is a nature’s product that is commonly available. It is free of odor. Nowadays many of the interior and the exterior construction features are mostly governed by gypsum construction or gypsum products.
The advancement of gypsum construction in office interior design is due to its reduced time and cost of construction. Gypsum is desirable in office interior design for its fire resistance and acoustic properties for noise insulation. The resistance of gypsum against fire is due to the presence of water that is present within gypsum products in a crystallized form.
A gypsum plaster board of 15 mm thickness would possess almost 3 liters of crystallized water within it. When fire approaches the the gypsum board, the crystallized water undergoes evaporation resulting in a protective layer covering the gypsum office wall partition or ceiling. This helps in stopping the spread of fire.

Acoustic properties of gypsum suitable for office interior design

Gypsum boards for office wall partitions and ceiling construction are developed to focus on sound insulation properties. Other office interior construction methods like masonry would act good, and was in the past commonly used in a higher thickness that now is found less demanding compared to gypsum boards.
Gypsum plasterboard is specially designed for noise reduction and prevents reverberation. Incorporating an air space between two solid gypsum wall bring higher acoustic performances, by restricting the noise to pass through. For example, instead of a masonry wall of 110 mm thickness, we can install a drywall of 75 mm thickness to achieve same sound performance.
 

Partitioned Office Plan

 
Office partitioning in Kenya is carried out using different industrial materials such as glass and aluminium, gypsum boards, particle boards, depending on the needs of a particular office. Partitioned office layout plan is a type of office interior design whereby different rooms are given to various divisions of a department in a work place such that each staff has his/her own individual enclosed office space. Large floor space is divided and partitioned into a number of individual offices. Another descriptive name of partitioned office is closed office. Partitioned office spaces are used by so many businesses across the world.
The main reason behind partitioned offices interior design is provision of staff privacy. For instance, the boardroom should be partitioned in a soundproof way such that what is said in the boardroom remains in the boardroom. Office partitioning should offer an easy and quick way of altering work space to ensure that the needs of future expansions are met. In comparison to creation of permanent walls, office partitions interior design offer a much cheaper and flexible option. There are many different types of office partitions.
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cubicle is a partially enclosed office work space that is separated from neighboring work spaces by partitions that are usually 5–6 feet tall. Its purpose is to isolate office workers and managers from the sights and noises of an open office space so that they may concentrate with fewer distractions. Cubicles are composed of modular elements such as walls, work surfaces, drawers, and shelving, which can be configured depending on the user's needs.
Cubicles afford employees a greater degree of privacy and personification than in completely open office work environments, which often consist of desks lined up in rows within an open room. They do so at a lower cost than individual, private offices.

Office soundproofing
When designing an office, it is good to incorporate soundproofing. We are increasingly getting calls for office soundproofing. You may watch our video on soundproofing at https://youtu.be/h24ckKC6iVE or search YouTube on

Soundproofing in Kenya.
We construct soundproof office partitions that achieve a level of sound reduction which helps to reduce the level of speech intelligibility, which will be sufficient for most offices. This depends on the construction of either gypsum soundproof office partition and other factors: wall insulation, floor and ceiling finish, and furniture.
As a general rule a solid drywall office partition will achieve a higher level of sound reduction than a glass partition. If you have to uses glass office portioning then double glazing the glass partition will perform better than single glazed partitions.
Doors on office partitions should be chosen carefully, as most doors will perform significantly lower than the partitions they are installed in. Hardwood solid doors and double-glazed acoustic doors as the most effective for office partitions soundproofing.
The position of a door should also be considered when designing the office layout. To create the highest level of soundproofing, we recommend doors open into corridors and walkways where it’s unlikely people will be sat directly outside. Soundproof office partitions include the option to have frame-less glass doors with an acoustic seal.

Advantages Partition Office Interior Design

  1. Tremendous privacy is one of the major benefits of the partitioned office since each staff has his/her own office.
  2. Privacy can greatly enhance concentration by eliminating distractions from other workers who might be engaging in acts that can disturb one’s concentration.
  3. The partitioned office helps to reduce gossip among staff because staff members do not share a common office and cannot easily discuss certain unnecessary things among themselves, one of which includes gossip.
  4. Imagine a situation where most of your staff has got common cold at the same time. Partitioned office is quite good for the general health of workers. Unlike in the open plan offices where certain diseases such as communicable diseases can easily spread from one worker to another because of all workers are sharing the same office. When we come to the closed office, this isn’t the case. Every staff has his/her own partitioned office so it makes it quite difficult for certain communicable diseases such as common cold to spread from one worker to another as easily as in the open office.

Disadvantages of Closed Office Interior Design

  1. Supervision can sometimes be quite difficult. This is so because workers are in their own private offices and therefore a supervisor or the employer might not be able to easily know what the workers are doing at a particular moment. The supervisor would have to move from office to office in order to properly monitor or supervise what the workers are doing. This however, is not the case in an open plan office interior design.
  2. Communication among staff members is not very effective because of how separated workers are from one another.
  3. In comparison to open plan offices, partitioned office interior design is more expensive to construct and to run.
  4. Partitioned offices can sometimes lead to imprudent workers being unproductive as the privacy that the partitioned office interior design gives them can make them lazy unobserved.
  5. Partitioned office interior design takes more space than open plan offices.
  6. Abuse of the privacy given to workers by their partitioned office interior design can promote negative behaviors such as engaging in office romance and other vices. Such vices thrive well in closed/partitioned offices as opposed to open plan offices.
 

Open Office Plan

 
An open plan office is a large open space with no dividing walls designed to accommodate a large number of office workers. The term Open plan is the generic term used in interior design for any floor plan which makes use of large, open spaces and minimizes the use of small, enclosed rooms such as private offices.

There are some benefits and there are some disadvantages for open office plan. One advantage is that construction does not require additional internal framing of walls for open office design and therefore can save you up to 20 per cent of the building costs. The down side of an open office design is that there are some people who find it extremely hard to work in crowded, noisy spaces, which is why every work place should have some individual office rooms where these people can work in peace. They don’t have to be completely closed off from the rest of the open office area – a simple glass wall partition can definitely do the trick – but to create a solitary environment is necessary in such situations.


Advantages of Open Plan Offices
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  1. Open office plans are more economical as more work spaces can be provided to more employees than with a closed office plan. The company saves money as less money will be spent on air conditioning and electricity. One centralized area has to be heated, or cooled and lit instead of a number of different offices or rooms each having to be heated or cooled separately.
  2. Communication is easier between work stations and departments. There is no time wasted between offices because everyone is in the same area.
  3. Things are easier for the supervisors, as everyone is in a centralized area. There is no need to track someone down from office to office.
  4. Managers and senior managers are in constant contact with the staff. This makes handling issues and problems go much faster. With the employees being in constant contact with managers and senior managers, they are able to reach management more quickly and deal with issues. This means that issues get resolved faster, and this leads to more productivity.



Disadvantages of Open Plan Offices:

Noise characterizes open plan offices. Even with interventions like acoustical ceilings and upholstered walls, noise sound waves will travel unobstructed throughout this open space. The sheer number of workers making telephone calls and just talking simultaneously can mean lots of noise in the air.
  1. This can lead to employees becoming distracted which may lessen productivity.
  2. People passing to and fro can also cause distraction of employees too. In a closed office plan, disturbances like this wouldn't happen as much.
  3. In an open office space, security is reduced. Each employee lacks a lockable door like they would have if each one had a separate office. This can lead to risks and issues that the company may not want to face.
  4. Sicknesses and infections can spread like wildfire in an environment like an open office plan. When flu season hits, you can bet that most employees will catch it.
  5. Lighting, heating, and air conditioning to suit all of the employees' tastes can be difficult to achieve. With a closed office plan, employees are able to keep their individual offices the way they like them.
  6. Senior staff or employees who have been with the company longer than most will most likely feel as if they are entitled to a private office. This can cause problems among the employees, which can damage productivity and employee relationships.
  7. Privacy is difficult to obtain with an open office plan. If family members call, or if a confidential call needs to be made, it can be difficult. With individual offices, these things are more possible. Employees may feel uncomfortable being in such close quarters with their coworkers when confidential calls need to be made.

 
 

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