Why engineering is critical to office interior design

Monday, 2nd May 2016

Why engineering is critical to office interior design

The most successful office interior designs are more than just aesthetics. They’re designed with a purpose, carefully engineered to improve the company’s bottom line through improved productivity and efficiency.

This collaboration of design and engineering is important, but often forgotten when companies are looking to refresh their office interior design. While research shows that office buildings can improve overall productivity and performance by as much as 12.5%1, the most common causes of complaint aren’t the colour of the walls or the choice of artwork, it’s engineering aspects such as temperature, air quality, lack of natural light, noise, crowded workspaces and poor ergonomics.

Outlined herewith are three components to ensure your office interior design incorporates best practice engineering principles.


1. Employee Health and Safety

Good workplace engineering helps you meet commercial fitout requirements and ensures your office interior design is compliant with all relevant legislation, including the Workplace Health and Safety Act, Building Act and Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act.

You should consider the health and safety of your employees when choosing elements such as furniture, storage, lighting and technology, as well as the placement of structural elements including emergency exits, access to facilities and staircases.


2. Real Estate Costs

A well-designed workplace will allow your company to become more efficient and maximise your real estate space, saving you time and money in the long run. Intelligent placement of large rooms that require supplementary air-conditioning and automatic lighting in areas like storerooms and bathrooms, can help you reduce energy costs in your office. Optimising your technology is another way to improve the environmental sustainability of your office, while reducing paper and printing costs.

Ergonomic furniture may cost more in the short-term, but the cost of replacing inferior quality furniture and the risk of workplace injuries make this a more affordable option in the long term. Our workplace strategists will carefully consider your space requirements and business objectives, to make sure you’re maximising your office space during your office refurbishment or relocation.


3. Employee Comfort

It’s no surprise that a comfortable workplace environment leads to happier employees and better business results. For example, Axiom Projects recently completed an office interior design where the kitchen and dining area was placed in the warmest part of the building. This eliminated the risk of employees working in the heat all day, but allowed them to enjoy the natural sunlight and warmth on their lunch break.


Our technical and design teams work together to address all engineering challenges early in the project, so your office interior design not only looks great, but supports your overall business objectives.

Have you considered best practice engineering principles in your commercial fitout? Contact us to find out how we can help.


1. Carnegie Mellon/CBPD Building Investment Decision Support (BIDS), ‘High Performance Buildings,’ 2004 and 2012.