Privacy, at its core, is about control. Controlling what you see, hear, or even the kinds of information that is accessible to you. In architectural design, creating privacy involves structuring a space in such a way that it either encourages, or discourages, control over these factors by both the individual and the groups they’re a part of.
The ultimate goal of any space is to best serve the needs of those who will be in that space. With that in mind, architects - especially those of office buildings - are faced with the tricky, yet necessary, job of finding ways to design a space that is both conducive to communal cooperation and individual privacy.
With that in mind, here are some basic features to pay attention in your architectural designs that can help you structure a space that allows for privacy.
Artificial and natural light can play a large role in determining the privacy felt within a given space. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the space needs to be dimly lit, but rather, depends on the kinds of light and the ways in which they’re utilized.
One way to help facilitate natural light and privacy is by implementing window film in your interiors. Options like LINTEC of America’s VisionControlFilm go beyond the traditional privacy window treatments and can provide a dynamic opacity that changes depending on the angle you view the glass from. As your point of view changes, so does the opacity of the window, meaning that certain angles will be completely transparent while others will appear to be completely frosted.
What this creates is a situation where interior glass in your office building can simultaneously filter in natural light - which is known to increase people’s mood - and create a sense of personal window privacy.
A good layout is another significant way you can design a space that’s conducive to both communal and private spaces. With the concept of the ‘open-office’ continuing to reign in most business settings, finding those private spaces can be especially relevant and necessary, and it’s the job of the architect to design an environment that allows for that.
Thankfully, this doesn’t have to be as challenging as it sounds. Most office environments want an open floor plan, so the architect doesn’t necessarily have to structure a built-in private space. Instead, they should keep the idea of privacy in mind as they design, and instead of sectioning off specific areas, make room for customization options.
This way, the architect designs a space that can be outfitted in ways that fit the unique needs of each individual business. With specific furniture options and layout segmentation, each office can create a communal space that, while retaining its sense of community, still allows for the possibility of private areas.
In the end, the more customizable you can make a space, the better off that space will be. Architects can’t predict for every possible use of the space they design, but what they can do is empower the individual to outfit their space in the best possible way for their unique needs.