Outdoor spaces at work are the big it-item at offices today, and 417-land has some impressive ones. Today’s outdoor hangouts at work go beyond setting up a lunch spot outdoors. “Business owners we work with today are looking to create outdoor places where their teams can gather and relax,” Gorham says. “In a world where it’s not hard to find an opportunity that allows you to work from home, including your own back porch, being able to offer a similar flexibility within the work environment is a huge push.” A great example of cafe seating that provides style along with comfort is the Palissade outdoor collection by HAY that Grooms promoted in its 2022 list of up-and-coming office trends.
If you want examples of local companies who are investing in their outdoor play spaces, these offices are a great inspiration. Prime Inc. built a disc golf course and series of walking trails plus an outdoor kitchen for its Springfield team members. Legacy Bank included an outdoor lounge and entertaining space alongside its executive suite. Russell Cellular’s headquarters in Battlefield features an outdoor patio with a swing and plenty of seating for its team to enjoy, and Mid-Missouri Bank added a second-story patio that doubles for company events, outdoor meals, a midday break spot and much more.
Whichever outdoor space you’re ready to upgrade, start by asking yourself who will use the space and how will they use it? Will it be for family and friends, employees, your pets and/or kids? Do you want it to be a space to work or relax? Or do you want to entertain clients and friends? Once you’ve figured out those answers, it’s time to start designing. Good luck, and enjoy the sunshine!