I'm writing a paper and I have to describe what a certain work environment looks like. However, I don't know the proper term for this type of office layout. Surely you don't just call it a block office. I searched a lot, but wasn't able to find anything on this.

office workers on a floor; standing, wandering around, some seated at their desks, the space is divided into partitions

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  • This is a cubicle sea, one kind of open plan arrangement (though to my mind open plan usually suggests no dividers at all).
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    Commented May 12, 2017 at 17:49
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It is an open space with cubicle setting:

  • Тhe cubicle is a partially enclosed workspace in an office which is separated from neighboring workspaces by partitions that are usually 5–6 feet (1.5–1.8 m) tall.

  • Its purpose is to isolate office workers and managers from the sights and noises of an open workspace so that they may concentrate with fewer distractions.

  • Cubicles are composed of modular elements such as walls, work surfaces, overhead bins, drawers, and shelving, which can be configured depending on the user's needs.



A slightly different take than Mike's

Cubalcatraz (or Cubicaltraz as UD has it).

Cubicaltraz is a reference to the prizon like atmosphere that pervades the business office and cubicalvilles everywhere. A combination of Alcatraz and cubical.

Urban Dictionary "cubicaltraz"

Also consider deskicle

Meaning : n. A half-desk, half cubicle workspace designed to foster a collaborative environment and remove privacy via atypically lower walls. Commonly appear in groups.

Example : He was walking by my deskicle and totally caught me slacking.

AZdictionary "deskicle".


This looks like an attractive Open Plan office, enhanced as it is with a plant and lots of natural light.

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    If you like this sort of office it's 'open plan'; if you don't it's a 'cubicle zoo'. Commented May 12, 2017 at 15:59
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    An "open plan" office would be without the partitions.
    – Octopus
    Commented May 12, 2017 at 20:32

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