Biophilic Design

Biophilic Design

Biophilic design is the hot topic in workplace design right now, so we thought we’d investigate further into what it is and how it can benefit your workplace…

What is it?

In simple terms, biophilic design involves incorporating nature into the built environment.

Why use it?

Irrespective of whether you’re an ‘outdoorsy’ person or not, humans have an innate connection with nature, stemming back to our evolutionary roots. This means that being around nature (plants, trees, water etc.) can do wonders for our mental wellbeing and in turn, for our productivity at work. Research has found that biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and encourage healing… what’s not to love?

How can I incorporate it?

Green walls: Not only do green walls improve health, they are a showstopper, guaranteed to make clients remember you! Available as either living walls, replica walls and preserved moss walls, they will create a lasting impression on both visitors and employees.

Water: Being near an expanse of water has a calming effect on the mind; encouraging clarity of thought. If your office doesn’t quite have the space for a pond (!), a water feature or fish tank should also do the trick.

fish tank

Natural building materials: Using naturally-based materials such as timber, concrete and copper will complement the greenery perfectly, and further the illusion of being outside.

natural materials

Natural light: No-one wants be straining their eyes trying to work in the dark, but similarly, no-one wants to be getting a headache from the harsh, artificial strip lighting so often used in office environments. Allowing natural light into the office is the ideal scenario, but where this isn’t possible, the next best option is lighting with a softer edge.


Natural Light

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