Ways The Pandemic Can Impact Future Office Designs

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Interior design firms in Dubai are undergoing a massive transformation due to the Covid 19 pandemic and we look at its impact on future office designs. The onset of which has forced companies to completely rethink and reframe their workplace strategies to bring in measures to ensure safety of their staff as number one priority. The same is being widely applied to interior & furniture office designs. The ‘new normal’ is driving every industry to adapt and evolve in real-time with enduring outcomes that will last in the long-term. The regular ways of work, meet, eat & even play, all have transformed dramatically.

One of the fundamental factors in Commercial office design has always been to encourage employees to engage and connect with each other in the workplace. Despite things slowly returning towards normality, the precautions and social distancing measures are likely here to stay for the long term. It is highly important now to understand the need to rethink the traditional workplace design concepts. The new structure calls for more caution, safety, and social distance whilst still maintaining modern, unique and creative designs. The landscape of commercial interior design is in the process of major change.

While there’s a lot to talk about the future of the changing landscape of workplace design, today through this article, let’s focus on the Ways the Pandemic Can Impact Future Office Designs.

Socially Distanced Spaces

Getting back to work after a long work from home period and adapting to new workstations can be challenging to employees. Interior design firms in Dubai have taken up the challenge to create new socially distanced workspaces following the 2 meter rule. Office desks have been shrinking or moving towards activity based or hot-desking concepts over the years, but now, the onset of the pandemic is reversing this situation.

Easy Resolutions

Keeping desks clean, sanitizing spaces frequently helps maintain healthy workstations. The precautions enable safe maintenance throughout the workplace. Reducing the amount of physical contact in all aspects of the organization through automation and digitization was already happening. This trend is continuing to develop and is key to mitigate COVID-19 spreading on surfaces.

Closed Designs

Before the pandemic, working in large open collaborative style spaces has been the trend. COVID-19 has reversed the megatrend leading to an increased demand for closed offices again. 

Signage and wayfinding

Clear communication addressing social distancing, policies and flow around the office are now having to be considered in office design. Companies are also having to consider procedures to ensure the safety of all staff and visitors. One ways systems, high traffic footfall areas and employee density need to be carefully considered and precautions taken.

Contactless Technology

The new normal will also see companies investing in a new suite of contactless technologies to reduce virus transmission. Contactless pathways, motion sensors, facial recognition systems & more futuristic approach where employees can avoid physical contact as much as possible. Interior design firms in Dubai are helping companies reshape their workspaces completely by adopting futuristic technology & healthy norms.


Given the seriousness of the situation and changing requirements of office space some businesses are moving offices or using this period to completely redesign their offices. The new workspaces will see broader passages and doorways, more physical distancing between employees and departments.

If you are looking for a commercial fit-out company in Dubai, then, Motif are specialised in Commercial Office Design and Build projects.

Fresh Air

Good ventilation is key to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In some aging buildings it is important to conduct proper testing of HVAC performance. Further, to ensure the workspaces are safe, companies are also adopting air filter technology for high-end office climate control systems. 


In co-working spaces where companies share buildings and workspaces, there is a high chance for virus transformation. There is a recent boom in demand for co-working spaces as companies look towards a more flexible future. But at the same time, extreme precautions must be carried out to ensure co-working spaces are 100% safe to work.


With all the norms set and new designs framed, companies are now ready to set their drive again into the work environments. Motif interiors, are continuing to create inspiring workspaces despite the pandemic. With over 11 years of experience with over 1000 projects completed across the UAE has made them one of the top commercial interior design companies in Dubai.

If you are looking for a commercial fit-out company in Dubai, then please do not hesitate to reach out to the team of experts at Motif Interiors.



Making an office space better leads to bigger possibilities, whether it is an office fit out, office design or office refurbishment. As a design and build company, we all at Motif Interiors are on the same mission to create spaces that look well but perform even better.
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