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Biophilic office design.
‘To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment.’ — Jane Austen, Mansfield Park
Designing an office space which is instrumental in achieving high levels of mental and physical health, might not be your first priority. But in the recent past, studies have proven that office interiors primarily based on natural elements, tend to increase productivity by 15%. It also increases employee retention and reduces sick leaves by promoting health and wellbeing of the workforce.
Incorporating natural elements, into your office space is based on the fascinating principle of biophilia – an intrinsic affinity of human beings with the natural world. To put it simply, biophilia is a strange yearning to return to nature. Applying biophilia to your office interior, allows a harmonious connection to exist between the nature and your employees. Offices should be designed in a way that they enable natural components to shine in indoor spaces, by placing elements like large glass windows, potted plants, small trees, and even a tree-house.
Another exemplary example of merging of nature and office design is, a lush green wall. Green walls are vertical gardens covering the whole or partial wall of an office setting. It is extremely advantageous as a green wall allows a large number of plants to be used in a small place in a way that is pleasing to the eye. It is essential for the wall to be placed strategically, like in a meeting room or hallway, to maximise its benefits.
To enhance the biophilic interior of an office, it is fundamental to pair it with other supplementary designs to boost its full potential.
One such facet is the use of white noise. White noise is a constant background noise; especially: one that drowns out other sounds. It overpowers the constant buzz and the humdrum that usually prevails in an office environment and eases the focus on the natural elements that exist. It also drowns the persistent hustle and bustle while reducing unnecessary distractions.
It is also favoured to utilize interior designs that complement the biophilic theme. These textural elements should have a strong emphasis on plants and nature. Instead of a jarring red or the bleak, plaid grey paints, the walls can be splashed with a soothing aquatic blue, or with a pleasing lime green. The textiles too should focus on natural aspects like wooden, oak, bamboo, raffia and you can also make use of natural fibre rugs, burlap, and even rough tweed and Straw baskets. You can also add decors like a rich blue rug or pillows for subtle colour additions.
Another important detail is to maintain the glass windows and doors to allow optimum sunlight to enter the office. Sunlight is of paramount importance exposure to sunlight is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused.
This deep seated and intense longing of humans is inborn and therefore an amalgamation of natural components with work will ensure maximum returns and prosperity.
“The earth has its music for those who will listen.” – George Santayana. Philosopher