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Office space design trends change at least as frequently as other design trends. Today’s contemporary office spaces can feature everything from traditional to bold and contemporary palettes depending on the client’s brand identity.

Even today’s most open spaces need at least few doors for private offices, phone rooms, meeting rooms or other gathering spaces. That’s where space-saving barn doors come in. Perfect for corporate boardrooms or conference rooms, small offices or teaming spaces, barn doors fit right in with many of today’s office space design trends, providing a clean look and feel with the acoustical isolation necessary to maintain productivity and privacy. Let’s take a look at the role that barn doors play in today’s office spaces, as well as in the workplaces of the future.

Work Space Design Trend #1: An Open Floor Plan with Provisions for Privacy

While large tech companies lean toward open floor plans, these aren’t the right choice for every company. Whether for privacy or productivity, some companies want the option to close certain office or conference room doors and ensure privacy for sensitive or personal discussions.

Glass barn doors make it possible to isolate sound while still maintaining the feel of an open floor plan. Flush wood or laminate doors can be used to create a distinctive look and feel for a space, whether it is the warm traditional look of wood stile and rail doors or perhaps a bright pop of color from a contemporary laminate.

Work Space Design Trend #2: A Physically Active Office Space to Encourage Creativity

As companies like Google and Dropbox embrace open floor plans, other tech companies with less square footage opt for multipurpose spaces that encourage camaraderie and collaboration. An article at Inc.com, which cites office space design trends for 2015, describes a dining area at Digital Relevance that includes healthy snacks and bar stools that encourage employees to hobnob – and stay in the building – during breaks.

Other companies include volleyball courts, ping-pong tables and even slides to permit employees to reveal their playful sides at the office.

Sliding doors offer a way to unobtrusively close off “open spaces” when desired but while encourage free flow throughout the spaces when in the open position.

Work Space Design Trend #3: Huddle Spaces

Like open floor plans, huddle spaces encourage collaboration. Small groups can gather around a computer display and brainstorm. One problem with huddle spaces is they tend to distract those in proximity who aren’t involved in the huddle.

Designers can keep the look and feel of a huddle space, while isolating sound and setting “huddling” employees apart from their colleagues, with acoustically-rated glass barn doors.

Work Space Design Trend #4: Better Acoustics

Open floor plans, huddle spaces and multipurpose rooms can lead to challenges when it comes to sound isolation. Nobody’s happy when marketing department employees are brainstorming energetically, while the sales department is trying to make calls or management are talking privately on important matters. Managing acoustics is a huge issue in today’s offices.

Employees in healthcare offices, financial institutions and HR offices require privacy due to regulations, while other employees just need the option of a quiet work environment to improve productivity.

AD Systems Doors are designed to maximize acoustic isolation for sliding doors without sacrificing aesthetics or ADA compliance. AD Systems design addressed perimeter gaps that may normally present problems for STC performance in sliding doors. If you think an AD Systems high performance door system could be the right answer, you can request the results of our acoustical test data here.