A Houston office space designed with a startup in mind should reflect its culture and goals. This may seem like a simple concept, but not all new businesses embrace it fully.
One of the advantages startups have over their more sprawling competitors is that they can respond quickly to challenges and are not as burdened by bureaucracy during decision-making processes. In the view of Oregon-based Web-design company OpenSesame, its promise to deliver simple solutions to clients is only attainable if its office space is also simple and highly functional.
"We took inspiration from the principles of Web design and our belief that simple design creates the best user experience," Huffington Post contributor and OpenSesame community manager Kelly Meeker wrote earlier this week. "Companies that create websites that are simple, intuitive and easy to use come from offices that create the same experience for employees when they rent an office."
The OpenSesame space integrates office design ideas that TheSquareFoot has discussed before - couches, an open area and plenty of opportunities to unwind (in this case, a ping-pong table). At the heart of all design aspects of the space is a devotion to encouraging socialization while still maintaining a degree of professionalism.
The trend toward more social office space is one that has been observed across all cities in the United States, including Houston. Earlier this month, the Houston Business Journal detailed some of the most common facets of social office spaces in the city.
The Spencer Ogden space profiled by TheSquareFoot yesterday (complete with astroturf and a basketball hoop) did not make the cut, but the HBJ article did emphasize that employees are increasingly seeking collaboration and socialization in the workplace, so even minor additions like natural light, snacking areas and alternative work locations within the same office space are being embraced.