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The power of first impressions

Updated On : 29 Apr 2024

Innovative lobby and reception designs in modern workspaces

As corporate design continues to evolve, the spotlight shines brightly on the lobby and reception areas, recognised for their paramount role in creating impactful first impressions. These spaces serve as the initial point of contact, offering a glimpse into its essence and values. In this article, Ar. Hartmut Wurster, Principal Architect at Blocher Partners India,  shares his insights into how thoughtful and innovative reception design can create a powerful impact at first glance.

Today, the impact of innovative reception design extends beyond external stakeholders to the employees themselves. The workplace environment plays a significant role in shaping employee morale, productivity, and satisfaction. By creating an inviting and inspiring reception area, companies can enhance the overall employee experience among their staff.

The key principle for an innovative reception design lies in the concept of experiential architecture. Rather than simply providing a functional space for guests to wait,  foyer spaces can be designed to engage the senses that provoke thought and emotion like utilising elements of art, technology, or nature into the design that creates a multi-sensory experience that can entice visitors.

One can even opt for interactive digital displays or immersive multimedia installations that showcase their products, services, or corporate culture. Moreover, biophilic design principles such as living walls or natural light can be incorporated, to create a calming and rejuvenating atmosphere. 

Furthermore, the design of the entrance area should reflect the unique identity and personality of the company. Whether it is a sleek and minimalist aesthetic or a vibrant and eclectic style, the design should be cohesive with the overall image of the brand. This would help to reinforce brand recognition by creating a sense of authenticity.

In conclusion, reception and lobby design within corporate spaces will continue to evolve, with a focus on creating immersive and engaging experiences. Sustainability principles along with technology will gain prominence. By combining these ideas, designers hope to create a futuristic style that brings together different aspects of design and technology to make spaces better for people. They want to make sure these spaces are visually appealing and help people to feel good and work better. As these changes continue, the goal is to make office spaces that reflect the values of the companies and make a positive impact on society.