Open\u00a0plan vs.\u00a0closed\u00a0offices.\u00a0The design war continues.\u00a0After years of debate, the two concepts have both defenders and detractors. A few years ago, the open plan layout model was implemented,\u00a0according to the\u00a0open plan\u00a0design.\u00a0The model of closed offices that had prevailed until then was obsolete.\u00a0In this way, hierarchies between bosses and employees were eliminated to promote teamwork in open spaces in view of the rest. But when\u00a0open\u00a0space\u00a0seemed like it was here to stay, it seems that many companies and professionals in corporate architecture are swimming in the opposite direction. In fact, more than two thirds of US workers are\u00a0unhappy with the noise levels\u00a0at work and 53% say that other people get\u00a0upset when they\u00a0try to concentrate, according to\u00a0a study\u00a0carried out\u00a0by\u00a0Gensler. Open offices, much more than tearing down walls The open office concept is not just about breaking down the walls.\u00a0It means a different culture and way of working;\u00a0more collaborative, horizontal, transparent and without hierarchies.\u00a0Actually, it talks about shared spaces that do not have an assigned workstation for each employee.\u00a0 With the aim of promoting interaction between people. The design of open offices requires an open mind and a flexible culture to give workers, for example, the possibility that certain jobs, which possibly require greater concentration, are\u00a0carried out outside the office.\u00a0 Forthink - Ofita Open\u00a0offices\u00a0vs\u00a0closed offices Open offices are undoubtedly a useful model: they allow space savings, greater communication, more exchange of ideas and favor shared knowledge.\u00a0However, many produce rejection by employees, up to the point of missing their old closed offices. Open offices may be the best showcase of a modern company and the best design to promote collaborative work, but they are not the best ones to promote concentration and, therefore, productivity.\u00a0The constant phone calls, conversations between colleagues, etc.\u00a0All this causes constant distractions that prevent creating an atmosphere of concentration where the worker can give the best of himself. The\u00a0constant noise\u00a0is one of the inevitable discomforts of open designs, and increasingly more people are discouraged with office distractions designed with\u00a0open\u00a0plan layouts. Collaboration is undoubtedly essential in today's ways of working, but too much contact can also dramatically reduce people's productivity and well-being. One solution to this problem is to design workspaces that strike a balance between the need for interaction between colleagues and moments of silence to concentrate, or to simply make a personal phone call. To this end, more and more companies have begun to include soundproof booths and more private areas in open offices, as in this image\u00a0of Ofita's\u00a0Forthink\u00a0system. Forthink - Ofita Soundproof booths for private moments The\u00a0soundproof booths for\u00a0concentrating provide the necessary privacy for those workers who need to be\u00a0isolated from phones and noise. Some of these private cabins include comfortable sofas and can be shared by several people for teamwork.\u00a0Now, the pandemic has made many companies consider the security of this type of closed space. From Ofita we propose an innovative and very safe solution: the new\u00a0Vetrospace\u00a0cabins\u00a0, both for individual use and for teamwork.\u00a0These acoustic booths have viricidal and antibacterial properties, as we mentioned in this\u00a0other article. What no one doubts is that when people are in a shared and open environment, the space will not work if companies do not provide their\u00a0employees\u00a0privacy for certain jobs or times.\u00a0For this reason, the\u00a0open\u00a0space\u00a0works when it coexists with a wide typology of different spaces for different uses and needs. Two types of open offices Therefore, we can\u00a0speak\u00a0of two types of open offices: the\u00a0total open plan\u00a0model, that is, a totally open and shared design, and\u00a0mixed offices,\u00a0with more followers every day due to their versatility.\u00a0These offices have open areas for the team and spaces behind closed doors for very specific moments or jobs.\u00a0For example: offices for meetings or call areas.