What is biophilic design, you ask? Biophilic design is all about integrating nature with natural elements and materials into the design when it comes to interiors and architecture. The need for biophilic design has been increasing as humans have been distancing themselves from nature. Living in urban areas and working in office spaces with artificial lighting has made this separation even greater. That is why biophilic design is an aesthetic solution that also has so many benefits. We often wonder why more urban dwellers aren’t incorporating natural elements into their designs.
Benefits of natural elements
According to an article on Forbes, work environments with natural elements reported a 13% higher level of well-being; employees were also 8% more productive in environments that incorporated biophilic design. This research also showed that access to greenery and natural lighting assists the employees to focus better during work hours. Natural elements also act as a buffer between the employees and everyday work stressors, thus contributing to staff resiliency.
There are a variety of ways to incorporate biophilic design into your office design:
The first way to bringing the beauty of biophilic design into your space is utilising natural light. While natural light may not be found in abundance around the office space, clever design can help you to utilise the natural light that is available as effectively possible.
You can also encourage employees to venture outside by giving them outdoor break areas. Urging them to take a step out of the office and get some fresh air can also have many health benefits for employees. Natural sunlight can actually help to balance their sleep patterns and improve their mood during the day. This, in turn, has a positive impact on their productivity.
Adding some greenery to your office design is one of the easiest but most effective ways to bring the outdoors, indoors. There are some plants that don’t require a lot of direct sunlight or watering, which make them ideal for the office.
Another popular trend in office design to incorporate greenery is living walls. Not only is living walls a lovely way to add a stunning visual effect to your design, but it also improves the air quality and increases employees’ energy levels.
Living walls can also assist with reducing ambient temperatures and simultaneously provides thermal insulation. Both exterior and interior living walls can also save energy as less energy is needed to cool the office.
Play around with murals
While the colours used in the office can have a big influence on productivity and mood, sometimes a little something extra can’t hurt. Murals that depict natural scenes such a mountain ranges, sunsets or fields can help to make employees feel less stressed.
This makes these murals the perfect solution to give that wow factor and let a design stand out. Incorporate this in pause areas to add a bit off ambience to the room.
With all these benefits, it would be a sin against Mother Nature not to bring some natural elements in your working space by mimicking natural colours, shapes and materials. Also think about textures like wood and stone. Water features in an office space can also add a sense of serenity and calming background noise.
Platynum’s specialises in hydroponic vertical greenery which is one of the best ways to incorporate nature into your office design. Hydroponic greenery is all about introducing natural elements to upgrade our clients’ work environments.
If you want to add more natural design elements into your office space, please get in touch with us. Our professional team of designers have a knack for incorporating nature into working spaces and would be happy to help transform your second home into something you look forward to spending time in.