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Three Ways Builders Create Industrial-Style Office Buildings

Several decades ago, many office buildings were built with efficiency in mind. They featured low ceilings, cramped layouts, and neutral finishes. Now, many contractors and architects offer alternative office building designs featuring industrial-style details and layouts. If you are a business owner or real estate professional looking to build a new office building, the industrial style of some modern buildings might match your personal architectural style. Industrial-style building contractors keep their designs on-brand by incorporating the following architectural features at several different stages in the building process.

Warehouse-Style Spaces

One of the best aspects of any industrial-style building is the sheer volume of space inside its walls. Large, open rooms with high ceilings make these buildings stand out from many traditional office buildings. These wide-open spaces draw the eye upward and create a strong impression for first-time visitors. Additionally, rooms like this are infinitely customizable. Any business owner can section large rooms into areas for cubicles, shared workspaces, and meeting areas. With clever furniture placement, an industrial-style office building is a perfect choice for almost any business owner. 

Architectural Elements

Part of the appeal of industrial-style architecture is that it doesn't try to hide a building's support structure. Many industrial buildings have visible roofing trusses, support pillars, and utility features. Visible ducts, pipes, and conduits create intricate and functional designs across open ceilings, and support beams create focal points throughout wide-open rooms. These architectural elements give industrial-style buildings a strong, sturdy, and functional look. Some people prize their visibility as an art form that puts value on modern engineering and efficiency. With the clever use of contrasting paint colors, some contractors pull some of these fixtures into the foreground to create unique and eye-catching designs on walls or ceilings.

Finishes to Consider

Even though many architectural buildings include open walls and ceilings, many of them are finished to bridge the gap between industrial architecture and modern office design. When choosing finishes, industrial-style builders try to blend them with the look of the rest of the building. Common wall finishing options include corrugated metal sheets, patinaed brick facades, and flat-painted drywall. Floors must also be finished, even in true industrial buildings. Floor finishing options include polished concrete, epoxy, and dairy tile, among many other options. Some contractors offer finishes that can reduce sound transfer between spaces or echoing in large rooms, like commercial carpeting and sound-dampening wall panels.

To learn more about designing an office building, contact industrial-style building contractors in your area.