What is biophilic design? We think that Stephen R. Kellert, writer for Metropolis Magazine, explains it well by saying it “seeks to connect our inherent need to affiliate with nature in the modern built environment.” Embracing natural elements in the workplace can be beneficial for everyone. Increasing employees’ mood and productivity are just a couple of the many positive outcomes of incorporating it into a space. Want to know how you can use biophilic office design? Here are some ideas:
Moss can be a fun and easy way to bring nature into the workplace. It can help in keeping the air clean as well as absorb any heat. As a bonus, you can incorporate unique designs in your office using moss. This adds a lot of personality to your space and can be used to represent your company’s brand.
Especially when the weather is nice, outdoor areas like patios or atriums are essential in any workplace. Remember that most of your employees will be in the office from 9 to 5. That’s 8 hours! Because of this, it is important to make sure everyone has the option to step outside to get some air and enjoy nature when the feel like it.
Biophilic office design doesn’t only mean plants; there are many different ways to bring nature into an indoor space. Some of our favorites include:
- Wood (wall panels, flooring, etc.)
- Water fountains
- Animals! (Bird feeders, fish tanks, etc.)
If you’re unable to incorporate outdoor areas in your office, you should at least have areas where your employees can access natural lighting. It is extremely important because it can help maintain a person’s happiness and Vitamin D intake. Your team does not want to feel like they are trapped, especially in a building they are spending a significant amount of time in each week. A couple examples of ways to bring in natural light include windows, skylights, and atriums.
Ready to make your office a biophilic paradise? Contact us today to find out how we can help!