Neil Walker, Key Account Manager, tesa UK, considers how tape can be used to support modern office environments
For some time, open plan workspaces have been considered as ideal environments for team integration and injecting offices with vibrancy. But recent trends suggest companies are seeing better productivity when this is scaled back. The trade-off appears to be between an open and collaborative culture vs enhanced distraction and a perceived lack of privacy.
The shift away from the open-plan office in future refurbishments has been championed by some industry leaders for years, including Julian Treasure, author of Sound Business. He previously shared acoustic research during a TED talk that indicated employees are “66% less productive” if working in an open-plan environment.
A touch of glass
It should not be surprising therefore that the popularity of glass partitions is on the rise. Glass solutions, such as frosted walls and doors, are not a new concept but are being used more and more to strike the balance between a modern, light and open office whilst still providing separation and acoustic boundaries when required. Furthermore, those conscious of the environment have identified glass as a contributor to reducing energy bills by increasing natural light and restricting artificial lighting. The design world also regularly signifies the positive impact this has on employee wellbeing and productivity.
An industrial look with chunky frames is a popular style currently, but offices can be creative with frameless, faceted or even curved panels where suitable. Flexibility may not be the first word that normally springs to mind when glass is mentioned, but with the right tools it is possible to create anything from an individual room to an entire partitioned floor
But, why tape?
Compared to a conventional process with primer, tapes can ensure a highly secure bond whilst enabling higher application speed. Some tapes even have unique viscoelasticity, which will absorb any frictions and stresses in construction. Companies that embrace this innovative approach can expect a cleaner and easier process that allows the combination of materials in the production process, improved aesthetics due to the invisible bond, reduced risk of corrosion and in some cases the added benefit of a water seal being formed.
It is important when design trends emerge that high-quality solutions are found to ensure environments look their best but also remain practical. Tapes are now used for Banded Glazing and Glass to Glass Applications offering an inert and clean assembly of Interior Systems. There will be all types of tools that emerge in the next chapter of future-proofing office environments, and tape looks increasingly set to be one of them.