News release

Hub and club, the future of offices after the pandemic

Companies are facing a major challenge in terms of setting up offices so that they can be adapted to the “normal” post-pandemic.

October 06, 2020

Companies are currently facing a major challenge in terms of setting up offices so that they can be adapted to the “normal” post-pandemic, ie to respect social distancing and employee protection measures, but at the same time to use the largest possible proportion of existing spaces.
Thus, despite the restrictive safety rules, there are solutions so that the existing spaces are used in proportion of over 90%, one of them being the implementation of a new concept, namely the ”Pivot Spaces”.

"In the real estate and fit out industry, it is a model of designing common spaces in such a way that they are multifunctional and easy to reorganize at any time. In the era of coronavirus and the need to maintain social distance, the so-called pivot space works best for redesigning a former office”, comments Cezar Florea, Managing Director Tetris Romania.

Pivot space is mainly based on furniture. Among the elements that can be used to give flexibility to offices are single seats with high backs, modular desks and tables, combined and folded in various configurations, armchairs and sofas consisting of modules that can be arranged in various ways, barriers separating different work zones in the form of plants, walls, curtains, etc, non-standard furniture, bespoke, adjusted to the selected space.

”We suggest our clients to take a second look at their offices and efficiently adapt them to the standards and expectations that COVID-19 has left in its wake. Available space must be re-imagined, so that the workplace is safe, but also efficient, flexible, modern and aesthetic. Remote performance of duties will more and more often be combined with office presence. These, in turn, will take on the role of a "hub and club", which means creating such work environments that favours cooperation, business and social meetings, meetings and interactions so much needed to be productive and creative in business, explains Cezar Florea, Managing Director Tetris Romania.

The reactivation of office spaces is inevitable and is gaining momentum

JLL's research shows that 58 percent respondents miss their office. This sentiment is felt especially by the representatives of the millennial generations. While there is a lot of talk about remote work as a new trend set by the coronavirus, the reactivation of office spaces is inevitable and is gaining momentum. 

”It's a natural turn of events. During the lockdown, accommodating to remote work system was a priority. It showed that effectiveness of such work seems satisfactory. However, after a few months of operating from home, employees simply miss the opportunity to meet in the office, work in a professional office space and coworking environment”, says Cezar Florea, Managing Director Tetris Romania.  

Pivot spaces are more and more appreciated in Europe and we see it as an opportunity for the local market, the implementation of this concept being based at the same time on technological solutions that reduce the direct interaction between people.

According to Tétris experts, IoT solutions will be more and more boldly implemented in Pivot Spaces. It is mainly about creating contactless jobs. A strong focus on sterility and hygiene in offices aims to provide a sense of comfort to employees. It will become common to use technology to manage office traffic, book conference rooms, fill out electronic health questionnaires, as well as screening and biometric tools. The process of digitization of workplaces will, of course, be supported by mobile applications and BIM (Building Information Modeling) systems, which, thanks to IoT, will provide information on the availability of rooms, the number of people in a given room or air purity in a given area.

Smart technologies in offices mean the direction of change without reverse gear. However, it's time to use them also to create environmentally friendly places. Green offices and sustainable development of companies as well as modern technologies are not trends that compete with each other, but systems that are interconnected, which, when wisely designed, give great results.

Tetris, leading fit-out specialist of business premises, is a subsidiary of JLL. Tétris, which historically focused on corporate office projects, has also become a key partner for investors, major retail brands, and international hotel industry players, which we support for all of their interior design projects.

Thanks to a strong local presence and a deep understanding of the markets in which we operate, Tétris is the partner of choice for SMEs and major national corporations.

Our international reach and our understanding of global challenges have also enabled us to develop relationships with major international groups.

In Romania, Tetris operates within the JLL office in Bucharest and offers fit-out services for all types of Real Estate projects.


About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. JLL shapes the future of real estate for a better world by using the most advanced technology to create rewarding opportunities, amazing spaces and sustainable real estate solutions for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $18.0 billion in 2019, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of nearly 93,000 as of June 30, 2020. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit jll.com.