Office Space Usage Definitions

How we identify and categorize space usage in an office.

The Archilogic space taxonomy is organized by: 

space category >  space programspace usage

The following table outlines the definition for each Archilogic standard space usage.

Refer to the demo model for a sample layout.

 

office/work/

Private office

An enclosed private workroom for one individual.
Open workspace An open space with workstations (two or more) to support activity-based independent work.
Enclosed workspace An enclosed space with workstations (two or more) to support activity-based independent work.
Focus room A small enclosed room provides a short-term quiet or head-down workspace for one individual.
office/meet/
Assembly A large gathering space for people to host workshops, events, or all-hands meetings.

Board room

An enclosed large meeting room to support formal meetings or presentations for 13+ people.
Hub An open informal touchdown space in an office that can be used for informal individual-focused or collaborative work. This space typically acts as a buffer zone between different space usage and programs such as corridors, open workspace, enclosed workspace, and meeting rooms.
Meeting room An enclosed room for 2-12 people to host meetings or hold private conversations.
Training room An enclosed large room where people gather to learn or collaborate in a group setting.
office/socialize/

 

Balcony

A  protruding accessible space that is attached to the outside of the building uses for social work break activities. A balcony is typically narrow in comparison to their lengths.

Cafe

A communal space where people gather and take coffee or meal breaks. Typically have 8+ seating.

Canteen

A large communal dining space where drinks and food are prepared and served to office employees.

Courtyard

An unroofed communal space that is entirely or mainly enclosed by the exterior walls of a building. 

Lobby

A space in a building used for entry from the outside.

Lounge

A large flexible and communal space for people to gather in both formal and informal settings.

Pantry

A small communal space where people gather and take coffee or meal breaks with up to 8 seats.

Reception

A space where visitors are welcomed by a receptionist. A reception is typically located near the main entrance of an office.

Rooftop

A large outdoor communal space for people to gather in both formal and informal settings. 

Terrace

An outdoor communal space uses for social work break activities and gathering.
office/circulate/
Corridor A passage connecting different parts of a building.
Foyer An entrance space that is typically associated with elevators and/or stairs.
office/support/
 Mailroom A dedicated area for incoming and outgoing mail.

Operational room

A dedicated enclosed space stores technical equipment that specifically supports the operations of the building floor. (e.g. IT & AV equipment racks, IDF closet, etc.)
Print station A dedicated space for printing functions.
Service room A dedicated enclosed space for mechanical or plumbing equipment that specifically supports the operations of the building floor (e.g. HVAC, mechanical room, janitor closet, etc)
Storage General storage room for supplies or lockers for personal belongings.
office/void/
Building opening A courtyard opening to the floor below, usually enclosed by exterior building walls, this space is not accessible.
Floor opening A stair/ atrium opening to the floor below, usually enclosed by interior walls or railings, this space is not accessible.
Shaft Building shaft, for mechanical, electrical, service, support space, etc., this space is not accessible. 
office/care/
Restroom An enclosed space that contains sink(s) or toilet(s).
Shower An enclosed space with one or more showers installed to accommodate showering and changing activities.
Wellness room An enclosed space for private wellness functions (e.g. mother's room, meditation room, etc.).
office/verticalCirculate/
Elevator A vertical circulation that connects upper and lower floors with an electric lift.
Staircase A vertical circulation that connects upper and lower floors with steps.
office/undefined/
Undefined A space where none of the above applies or can be identified (no label, no furniture)