An office lobby serves as a welcoming area for employees and visitors. The right design and layout can help businesses make a positive first impression and create a practical space for people to wait. Here are some basic concepts to consider as you work with a commercial architecture firm to make the most of the space.
How to Design a Lobby for an Office Building
1. Control the Flow of Traffic
Each business uses its lobby a bit differently. Some have a single reception desk that’s close to the door. Others have a few different check-in areas or seating zones.
Upon entering, it should be clear where visitors should go. Either make your reception area the most prominent feature they see or include enough signage to indicate the next steps. You should also leave enough floor space for people to clearly walk the path to the check-in area.
2. Include Ample Seating
Many offices need a place for visitors to sit while they wait for meetings. Think about how many people you welcome to your office on a regular basis, and include enough seating for everyone to fit comfortably. You may also want to provide a small station with coffee and other refreshments or side tables with magazines.
3. Integrate Your Company’s Branding
The design elements in your lobby should reflect positively on your business and be easily recognizable as part of your brand. This includes displaying your logo and brand colors throughout, but it also applies to other elements like artwork and furniture.
If you want your brand to appear professional, integrate quality furniture and modern art on the walls. If you want to appear warm and welcoming, comfortable chairs and folk art might work better.