An office reception is about more than just a waiting area. Reception design is about making an impact, reflecting your brand and creating a multifunctional space that can be utilised in different ways by a diverse array of people. Think of this space as the face of your business – you can have the most cutting-edge workspace in town but if your welcome area isn’t fulfilling its objectives, it can be difficult to shift those all-important first impressions.
When thinking about your welcome space, it’s crucial that you ensure the area is accessible to anybody who might need to use it. For example, reception desk design needs to be considered in order to ensure people of all physical abilities can use the space equally. Way-finding and navigation also need to be made clear, concise and inclusive.
As well as a greeting and waiting space, a reception area may also be used as a public or social space by offering an alternative relaxed environment away from the open office, with comfortable seating and impromptu meeting resources such as side tables and access to power.
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As the first physical part of the business that will be seen by both employees and visitors, your reception area is all about making a strong first impression. This is your chance to express brand identity through strategic design and reflect the ethos and culture of the company in a subtle but effective way.
An office reception needs to be a warm and welcoming area which people feel comfortable in. Biophilic elements, resimercial design and domestic features can help make it feel like a home-from-home and are the perfect way to experiment with current trends. It's also essential to consider inclusive design and accessibility here.
Naturally, reception and welcome spaces are high-traffic areas where lots of people are coming and going. For this reason, it's an ideal place to use digital signage as a way to communicate messages, graphics or notifications to both members of the company and external visitors. You might even decide to display your core company values.
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