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Shared workspace design: elements of analysis for a healthy work experience

Ebru Baykal Uluoz (Department of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Göksenin Inalhan (Department of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey)

Journal of Corporate Real Estate

ISSN: 1463-001X

Article publication date: 9 January 2024

Issue publication date: 7 May 2024




This paper aims to propose and provide an overview of a model analysis that considers the main spatial design attributes that influence and produce the most relevant salutogenic outcomes. These results are essential for a healthy work experience, especially in shared workspaces.


This study departs from the theoretical contributions of the salutogenic approach, principles from supportive design theory, psychosocial supportive design and the environmental demands and resources model. After a scoping literature review covering different fields of workspace design, environmental psychology and evidence-based design of health-care facilities, a conceptual analysis is done on a proposed understanding of work, health and environmental relations to overview spatial attributes that enhance specific salutogenic and well-being-promoting outcomes needed for a healthy work experience.


The model of analysis, as a theoretical element that helps create methodological tools, combined with the application of a post occupancy evaluation, is thought to assist architects, designers, workspace owners and stakeholders in their new designs or to evaluate existing ones.


Studies on defining spatial attributes and their intended salutogenic outcomes have been formally done in health-care facilities. However, applying this idea to shared workspaces is something new and is expected to contribute to their design and evaluation, especially if the notion of environmental demands and resources is complemented.



Baykal Uluoz, E. and Inalhan, G. (2024), "Shared workspace design: elements of analysis for a healthy work experience", Journal of Corporate Real Estate, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 176-197.



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