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When designing and planning your office build-out, there are many factors to keep in mind: how to best foster work, how to keep everything organized, and how to best shape your office’s aesthetic. One choice you might want to make is choosing glass office walls, which can help enhance the look of the space and improve work culture.
If you’re trying to decide whether glass walls are right for your office building interior, it can help to know both about both their benefits and drawbacks. That way, you can ensure you’re making a choice that best suits your organization.

Learn more about the pros and cons of glass walls for office space design below.

Advantages of Glass Office Walls

There are many perks to having interior office glass partitions — both for offices and conference rooms. Here are some of the best.

More Natural Light

Natural light helps make an office space look bigger and more open. In addition to improving aesthetics, it can also help boost the mood of team members and help you save on electricity bills (if it’s bright enough for you to keep the lights off).

Accommodates the New Shift Towards an Open Office Culture

Workplace culture has shifted. Gone are the days that most people shut their office door to get work done. Instead, organizations today are shifting to having an open office culture, which means that there are communal spaces where people can work, collaborate, or even socialize. By having office walls made of glass (instead of a non-see-through material), you can help foster the feeling of inclusion and togetherness, and, in turn, boost morale and engagement.

A Space with Resale Value

If you build an office space which uses glass wall as partitions, you up the resale value of your space, since you can resell it to a wide variety of organizations. Including glass walls in your commercial construction can make the space flexible — companies can envision themselves in the space, and they can adapt it for their own purposes.

Disadvantages of Glass Interior Designs in Offices

Before you decide that glass is right for your office interior design, it can help to understand the following drawbacks.

It is Less Sound Absorbent

Glass is one of the less sound absorbent materials to build a wall out of. This means that acoustics throughout the office can be unpleasant, and your privacy may not always be protected unless you pay attention to other design choices.

It is Potentially Dangerous

If you use unframed glass, it could be dangerous to people who work at your office. That’s because there’s a risk of people walking into the walls. (It happens — just ask the team at Apple’s brand new all-glass campus).

Best Practices for Using Glass Walls for Office Space

If you’ve decided glass walls are right for your office building interior, keep the following best practices in mind while you design:

  • To make acoustics better, go for thicker glass and use sound-masking technology. That way, you can ensure your conversations don’t echo down the halls, or that your space isn’t too loud.
  • Use framed glass. By putting a frame around your glass walls and windows, you reduce the chance that people will walk into them and get injured.
  • Try using cloaking film. Cloaking film allows people to see through glass but does not allow them to see computer screens, projected information, and more. This keeps the same aesthetic without the risk of exposing private data.

Contact Rise Construction for more information on your next office build-out or Houston commercial construction project.

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