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A handful of experts tells the FM about recent corporate jobs they’ve done, giving tips, tricks and insider intel. CASE STUDY 1: The Business Exchange Joburg design outfit HesseKleinloog created The Business Exchange (TBE) co-working space in Sandton. Which trends in office design did you embrace?

There is a real trend towards an "anti-office". People appreciate having interesting and invigorating spaces to work in, and because of the access social media gives us to the world and the inspiration that comes with that, employees have greater expectations of their environment and demand more from their surroundings. In TBE, we have focused on thoughtful spaces, from very public to very private, and created carefully tuned office environments, as well as celebratory spaces. What was your main considerations in terms of layout and aesthetic? There are obviously certain functional demands, which dictated the initial layout — the number of clients, offices, boardrooms, and so forth. ...

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