open-plan office vs shared office

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  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Hello!

    Could you tell me if there is a difference between these two types of office?
    Is a shared office smaller?

    Thanks!
    An open-plan office is an office which doesn't have dividing partitions between the work areas.

    A shared office is one which is shared by several people.

    Obviously if an office is open-plan, it can easily be shared by several people, but there is nothing to say that an open-plan office must be shared - maybe it's a one-man firm, such as the one I run - or that one form of office must be bigger than the other. It would be possible to share an office which wasn't open-plan, just a small room with two desks.
     

    Einstein

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    In Italy they insist on calling an open-plan office "open space". Is there any country in the English-speaking world where this term is used or is it one of the many "false Anglicisms" that exist in Italy?
     

    George French

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    In Italy they insist on calling an open-plan office "open space". Is there any country in the English-speaking world where this term is used or is it one of the many "false Anglicisms" that exist in Italy?
    Googling gives many hits, an example, from the UK even.
    What is happening to our language? Or have I been missing something all these years???

    GF..

    Stop being a grumpy old man GF.....
     

    Einstein

    Senior Member
    UK, English
    Googling gives many hits, an example, from the UK even.
    What is happening to our language? Or have I been missing something all these years???
    GF..
    Stop being a grumpy old man GF.....
    Hmm... Interesting! For all these years I've been telling the Italians, "No, not open space, it's open plan!"
    I've done a quick Google search and find that open plan is more common than open space, but not much:
    open plan office: 155,000
    open space office: 128,000.

    PS: However, open plan apartment still wins more than 10:1 against open space apartment.
     

    George French

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    Hmm... Interesting! For all these years I've been telling the Italians, "No, not open space, it's open plan!"
    I've done a quick Google search and find that open plan is more common than open space, but not much:
    open plan office: 155,000
    open space office: 128,000.

    PS: However, open plan apartment still wins more than 10:1 against open space apartment.
    Keep telling them that... Stop change!!!!!! Lets's standardise, it is open plan! Open Space is out in the garden.......

    GF..

    PS. I may be living in a false Universe of course........... :D:D

    What about using Open Space Area? :warning::warning:
     
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