The Concept of Office and Office Space

  • Pranab Kumar Nag
Part of the Design Science and Innovation book series (DSI)


Today, an office has been transformed as an organizational space —an entity of corporate symbolism, denoting (i) spatial environment at which humans perform work, (ii) physical environment in and around an organization, and (iii) built environment (architecture, urban locale). The explosion of information technology and the surge of knowledge work have brought in the conceivable blurring of boundaries of the public and the private spaces, and thereby pushing the action into home, transit, and leisure life. The corporate world is gradually retreating from the uniformity of common areas, like multiple rows of closed offices, and moving towards a more creative workplace configuration that supports flexible, group-oriented, and remote working styles. Research in pattern language as a design methodology emphasizes office and office building design with consideration on the physical and socio-psychological factors, such as community connections, work areas on wheels, environmental and spatial metaphors, and playfulness at work. The embodiment of this introductory chapter is a brief comprehension of the emergence of the office concept through ages, and transformation into its contemporary entity.


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  • Pranab Kumar Nag
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  1. 1.School of Environment and Disaster ManagementRamakrishna Mission Vivekananda UniversityKolkataIndia

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