Glossary Design & Build
The world of office and interior design is full of unfamiliar concepts and industry jargon. That is why we have prepared a glossary
of several dozen terms explaining our services and more. Can't find what you're looking for? Let us know and we will be happy to expand the list.
Augmented reality (AR) refers to technology that blends the real environment with computer-generated objects. An example is Pokémon Go, but also an application that allows you to imagine how a chair will look in your interior.
It is simply a desk in the shape of a long bench where employees sit together. This type of seating arrangement significantly improves team communication.
Brainstorming is a group creative activity during which the goal is to generate ideas on a specific topic. This technique of finding new ideas requires not only
a moderator and rules, but also suitable space. Often, spaces outside the office are used for brainstorming.
Interior branding refers to the use of the brand's visual identity. Branding uses logos, visual styles, colours and other brand features as they are defined.
The BREEAM (British Research Establishment‘s Environmental Assessment) system is a worldwide certification for sustainable construction and environmental performance. Globally, more than 550,000 buildings are BREEAM certified.
Burnout syndrome is a state of emotional exhaustion and fatigue. The syndrome can be classified as a stress disorder.
Clean desk policy (CDP)
An enterprise directive that determines the state in which employees should leave their workspace when they leave the office. Most clean desk policies require employees to remove everything at the end of the day except the workstation – laptop, monitor and other hardware. This helps companies achieve a prestigious look and protect sensitive data.
Coworking is a literal translation of the Czech word ,,spolupráce". In practice, it is a shared workspace for different types of workers, including freelancers.
(or share desking)
Desk sharing means sharing a desk. Employees are no longer assigned to a specific workspace that belongs only to them. One place is freely available to several different employees. Desk sharing saves employers costs and streamlines processes.
Fit out is the construction and technological work implemented before the interior elements are installed. At this stage, it is still possible to incorporate requirements for possible changes.
A plan that lays out the floor design, wall thickness, materials, room layout, relationships between structural elements or holes in masonry, among other things.
Genius loci is a Latin phrase meaning the "spirit of a place". Today it is mainly used in conjunction with the unique atmosphere or charm of a particular location or building.
A concept that represents the opportunity to work from the comfort of home. This employee benefit is becoming increasingly popular among employees.
Hot desking is a job sharing model where multiple employees can use one workspace. It is synonymous with desk sharing.
Internet of things
The Internet of Things is a trend where appliances, lighting and other devices are connected to the internet and can also be controlled remotely via the internet.
LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting has low consumption and long lifespan.
Like BREEAM, LEED is a globally used certification that takes into account sustainable construction and describes the environmental impact of the building. The LEED system (Leedership in Energy and Environmental Design) works with the American ASHRAE standards. It was created by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
In office and administrative interiors, this is the entrance area where the reception and waiting area for visitors can be found.
A lockable cabinet where employees can store personal belongings. Lockers are a clever and practical solution especially in offices with a clean desk policy.
Usually a lounge or space offering comfortable seating for conversation, informal meetings and communication with colleagues.
This is the correct English term for open space, i.e. the arrangement of the workplace in one space without partitions.
Advantages may include efficient use of space, but the disadvantages may include increased noise levels. That is why architects are designing various types of acoustic solutions and subtle divisions in the form of storage space, screens, curtains or mobile partitions.
A space reserved for relaxation, rest or meeting with colleagues. It is usually located entirely outside the work area and offers comfortable seating and refreshments.
A project management method primarily focused on the organization of the development team in order to achieve the highest efficiency and agility development. Scrum often needs to be adapted to the layout of the workspace and individual team members.
Represents the use of physical space in terms of its purpose and who uses it. Space planning helps ensure efficient utilization of floor space without wastage.
Stand-up meeting (or simply "stand-up") is a meeting where people stand and therefore tend to convey only the most important information as quickly as possible. While standing is not usually mandatory in practice, the effectiveness of this meeting format should be maintained.
A start-up is a newly established or starting company, which usually develops rapidly, adapts quickly and has great potential for growth thanks to modern technologies. It is often financed by venture capital.
The practical ability to meet basic needs without negatively impacting the environment and the standard of living of future generations.
A plan to confirm that the requirements can be implemented in a specific space.
Virtual reality (VR) is a technology that allows the user to interact with a simulated environment, resulting in the illusion of the real world.
Wearable electronics, usually in the form of a small electronic device that a person can wear, for example on the wrist, neck or clothing.
WELL certification of healthy indoor environment comprehensively focuses on the healthy indoor environment of buildings and the impact of the environment on people's mental and physical health.
Consultancy which helps to understand how a current
or future space should be used. A workplace consultant assesses how a space should be adapted and optimized for future needs, work efficiency and employee well-being.
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Published February 27, 2020