A boutique office building is a term that appeared in the 1980s in the United States. It means a kind of intimate office building, usually with distinctive architecture and convenient location. In Poland, there are more and more buildings that fit into this type of development.
Architecture of proportions
Boutique office buildings are often chosen by companies from the creative industry, legal services, or representing the world of new technologies. Many of the representatives of these professions are in favour of lower, more “human” urban development, which significantly deviates from the trends of designing over 200 m high glass towers. The choice of this type of building may be in line with the company’s philosophy, but it is also an interesting distinguishing feature among the competition. Boutique office buildings are often renovated tenement houses with numerous decorations perfectly complementing the tissue of urban development. On the other hand, new buildings of this type designed as original constructions with original shape and innovative materials. All this makes this type of buildings more socially acceptable than traditional office buildings.
First of all, the location
Urban development conditions do not always make it possible to locate tower office buildings in convenient locations. This problem does not apply to lower boutique buildings. Thanks to their smaller dimensions, they are often located in prestigious, historical districts of cities. This is a particularly important convenience from the point of view of companies providing customer service at the company’s headquarters. Apart from all the conveniences related to building service, companies provide their customers with a convenient location with good access by public transport. Another advantage may be the greater availability of places in an underground car park than in the case of several dozen storey skyscrapers.
Boutique office buildings are most often buildings with a lease area of 1 to 10,000 m2. The limited number of tenants means that work in such a building differs significantly from that in large business centres. It will be especially suitable for people who avoid crowded lifts, noise and noisy common areas. In addition, such buildings are usually characterized by a very high quality of finish and amenities unavailable to traditional office buildings.
A great investment
A 10% higher rental price and resistance to changes in the economic situation mean that many investors prefer to invest capital in boutique office buildings instead of implementing huge office projects. Satisfactory rate of return can be achieved with a much shorter time of realization of the whole investment, usually it is also easier for tenants and social acceptance of the project.
An example of a boutique office building is the Ocean Plaza building in Warsaw’s Mokotów district. Forbis was responsible for the complex execution of the interiors of this building.