Five Small Office Designs prove Less is More


A welcome environment for staff

Creating an office interior that maintains a welcoming work environment for both staff and clients when the area to work in is limited can become a challenge.

Five offices with less than 300 sqm of space

Here we present five offices that are less than 300 square meters with a design that takes this limited spatial area and transforms it into an advantage.

Comfortable environment

The offices cover a range of disciplines and present a selection of elements that allow its staff to work in a flowing and comfortable environment.

Grouse River, Kelowna, Canada
Size: 278.71m²
Image Credit: Grant Robinson

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Connecting walkways connecting the spaces together

To accommodate a growing corporate and sales team, Grouse River’s new office space has been designed to reflect the company’s many retail stores. Covering a space of 278.71 meters squared, the office space features an executive boardroom, with surrounding offices, breakout spaces, and a series of connecting walkways interconnecting the spaces together.

Central boardroom space

The furnishings have been kept simple, with a backdrop of images connecting the company to its rural roots. The central executive conference tables are an impressive section of tree bark with functioning power outlets. The office utilises each corner of the available space with a clear connection through the use of custom maple flooring that has been used to wrap parts of the walls and ceilings.

Movet, Schorndorf, Germany
Size: 199.93m²
Image Credit: Zooey Braun

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A clever mixture of interior spaces

Pioneers in conveyor belt technology, the offices of Movet takes residency alongside its expansive warehouse. The office space is limited but the clever mixture of interior spaces has turned a limitation into an advantage. Here, the interior office furniture space is divided into a conference room, office kitchen and a showroom.

Acoustic foam ceiling allows sound buffering

The open-plan office works well through the choice of materials and colour tones used. An acoustic foam ceiling allows sound buffering against the industrial walls and ceilings. To allow the free flow of light, metal grill panels divide spaces whilst allowing a certain degree of permeability. The light and free-flowing interiors allow the small spaces to seem larger and spacious.

Sennex Consultants Ltd, Singapore
Size: 185.81m²
Image Credit: Chanachai Panichpattanakij

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The importance of natural daylight in an office

With three windows on three sides of its office, the Singapore offices for Sennex takes advantage of views across the city and an expanse of natural daylight. As well as studio extra long desks, informal meeting space, formal meeting rooms, directors office, and storage space, the office area also accommodates a resource library, product reference space and a café.

Untreated cement flooring

The design layout utilises each section of the area covering less than 200 meters squared offered. Untreated cement floors, uncovered ceilings and the use of untreated wood adds an industrial look, yet manages to look clean and welcoming.

Lemnys, Paris, France
Size: 139.91m²
Image Credit: Joan Bracco

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An office that would work as a showroom

Housed in an old building undergoing extensive refurbishments, Lemnys wanted an office that would work as a showroom to showcase its interior work to clients.

Sliding walls allow space to be used for alternative uses

The office space allows meetings, presentations and showcasing the full range of options for clients. The various zones have been separated with sliding walls allowing the space to be used for alternating uses. A bright and structured outdoor furniture space allows natural light to flow through.

Pulse Design Studio, Michigan, USA
Size: 88.258m²
Image Credit: Michael Raffin

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Adapt a space for welcoming clients

The smallest office on the list, based in Michigan is the office of Pulse Design Studio, a creative design firm. As well as open workspaces for its design team, the office is required to adapt space for welcoming clients and holding meetings.

Flowing staff workspaces

The design has been focused on the long lines of the existing building shape, houses a conference room, meeting spaces, reception area with small kitchen area, and a flowing staff workspace.

Highly vibrant workspace

The design has been kept practical and highly vibrant with yellows, oranges and blues on a backdrop of grey. The small spaces work well due to the thoughtful planning of the open spaces and the more private meeting and conference rooms.

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