Flexible Furnishings: 4 Types of Architectural Programs



Flexibility has long been one of the primary architectural design solutions to make spaces adaptable over time.

Which means, if you want to create adaptable spaces, you’ll need to find flexible furnishings.

The problem is that there’s a lot of flexible furnishings out there. Some of it looks ugly. Some of it looks outdated…some of it actually is seriously visually distracting.

So to help you build flexible environment the right away, we’ve selected an architectural program where you can apply our good-looking flexible products.

We’ll be covering:

•  Office Design
•  Healthcare Design
•  Hospitality Design
•  Small Rooms for Music

Now let’s get started!


Office Design




Open-Plan Offices | Satellite Offices | Coworking Spaces

How do you feel about open-plan offices? What would be your design solution to open office problems? Office work and activity itself in the office has greatly changed. The mobile phone and computer technologies have made office work more flexible in time and less dependent on place. Work now can take place anywhere. The conventional office layout as either a cubicle or an open-plan office space has been overtaken in order to give a variety of spaces for a variety of work.

Research shows that greater than half of our working hours is spent outside of workplaces other than the main office. It might be found that a satellite office like an airport business lounge is a near ideal work place: such a place offers a just-in time space, even serving food. Our workplace is becoming less formal and static, more adaptive and fluid for different tasks.

Furthermore, functional and shared offices such as coworking spaces are new ideas of the workplace for the digital nomad. These spaces have a working environment where spaces are designed for individual work and group interactions, providing a sense of community and offering choices of spaces for better productivity.


 Healthcare Design




Waiting Rooms | Medical Offices | Clinics

How can you create healthcare environment with better relationship between patients and caregivers? How do you provide privacy for a patient in treatment centers? And, what about an atmosphere of calm in waiting rooms? In healthcare design, the relationships between patients and caregivers are important as part of the healing process. An optimally created healthcare environment can provide a sense of comfort and well-being to help strengthen those relationships.

The medical field has been greatly impacted from advanced technology and is changing rapidly about how patient care is delivered and supported. It is not feasible to construct new facilities each time technology changes. So medical offices need to adapt to accommodate new uses or new occupants. Any changes must not result in a permanent change to the space and remain easily flexible between the start-state and end-state.


Hospitality Design




Reception | Lounges | Restaurant & Bar

What makes a good area for hospitality? How do you greet your guests when they arrive? A reception area designates a transitory space between outside and inside. It is the first point of contact with the place visited from the street. Such a hospitality space has a strong influence on whether the stay will be enjoyed or not. It also presents and represents the first impression of the business whether it be a restaurant or healthcare centre and extends emotional connection to the guests.

For bar and restaurant design, a space needs to be impressive, perhaps entertaining. Customers not only visit them to satisfy for food or drink, but for the social occasions. Their interior design needs to be imaginative for customers to make a return visit. Aesthetics and function must come together to create ambiance and hospitality in a way that not only makes a bold first impression, but also secures a loyal following of regular customers.


Small Rooms for Music




Practice Rooms | Rehearsal Rooms | Recording Studios

How can you create a concert hall in miniature? How do you design a room to act as a musical instrument like a violin? Compared to large concert halls for music events, the acoustic design of small rooms for music is often neglected. These are places for practice, rehearsal, warm-up and recording.

In music practice the acoustics and thus the sensory feedback to the musicians are key. Generally, small rooms result in a totally different tonal relationship to that of a large concert hall intended for musical performances. So it is very difficult for musicians and music lovers to achieve high-quality acoustics in small rooms without specialist’s knowledge.


Final thoughts

Our built environment is becoming less formal and static and more adaptable and fluid as it supports the many different tasks, functions, and interactions that keep changing with advancing technology.

As architectural solutions, flexibility can be offered through easily movable and freestanding furnishings for a variety of spaces.

These elements can be used to blur the boundaries between private and public spaces, and offer ease of rearranging interior layout as the use of space changes.

Boundaries such as a partition wall or a freestanding screen can be assigned more easily than building full height walls.


Over to you

We’d love to hear your thoughts on:

•  what kind of projects you are working on with flexibility.
•  what architectural solutions you look for flexibility.
•  general thoughts on flexibility

And of course if you have any questions, then please leave us a comment by email: press@plyproject.com

In the mean time… good luck with your architectural projects!