Biophilic design for the workplace

posted February 13, 2021 at 06:30 pm
by  Manila Standard
The design that is intrinsically connected to our love for nature has emerged as one of the most highly recommended office styles in the fit-out sector. 

Biophilic design for the workplace

Derived from the Greek words for “life” and “love”, biophilia is a manifestation of our love for nature in the form of design, decor, and structure. It is the practice of incorporating nature and natural elements into the built environment. It can be subtle like imitating forms of nature, or loud like plants walls and pillars. Regardless how it is presented, it provides benefits for occupants in a biophilic workplace.

Sustainable approach to design

“As we progress towards sustainable approach, humans recognize the need to transition to sustainable alternatives, explained IDr. Charisse Gail Bantiling, principal designer and VP for design and construction management of Trends And Concepts. “It isn’t enough that we only provide greeneries but we want to provide an eco-system that would assist in human’s understanding of ecological management.” 

Designs that focus on the wellness of occupants are emerging, and are likely here to stay due to people shifting their concerns to being physically, and emotionally healthy inside and outside the workplace, Bantiling said. Biophilia is a design that can improve wellbeing while reconnecting people with nature.

“The approach to biophilia can be subtle or loud, it can also be done to overhaul the whole workplace or only within one’s respective space,” she.

Bringing the outdoors indoors

One of the most common ways of achieving biophilia in the workplace is by adding plants in the office. From large potted plants to small plants, incorporating greenery within the workplace can be in various forms and sizes. Plants can also be used as partitions and produce different functions depending on where you place it. 

One can also create a living green wall to help filter indoor air and place it within one section of your office, such as the lobby or beside windows. If you prefer the potted plants, you can simply scatter the plants randomly throughout the workplace, mimicking the vibrant structure of nature.

Small changes, big impact 

There are subtle ways of making your office healthier for occupants. Among the small changes with minimal visibility are providing more access to natural light or views of the outdoors, utilizing outside areas and gardens, adding hints of wood and stone elements, or introducing colors inspired by nature. 

Free rein for workspaces

You can let your employees free rein their workspaces, such as letting them add their preferred small potted plants or placing photos of their outdoor adventures. Employees can likewise design their desks according to their wants or needs. By allowing  this, the company encourages the individuality of each employee while embracing biophilia for wellness.

Trends And Concepts have created and realized several designs that integrate biophilia within the office space. Having a total interior solutions company to realize your ideal office design will greatly benefit your employees and business in the long run, Bantiling opined..

Trends And Concepts Total Interior Solutions offer a range of design, build, and interior construction services ensuring that the ideals of their clients are met and go beyond their expectations. 

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Topics: design , biophilia , Charisse Gail Bantiling , Trends And Concepts
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