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Why office design should incorporate biophilic design elements

Top Benefits of Biophilic Office Design

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Between work, home, and our commute, we spend a lot of time indoors. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, we spend about 93% of our time indoors. With our busy schedules and limited outdoor time, why not bring the outside in and fill offices with natural elements? Biophilic office design not only has a positive effect on our health and wellbeing, but also on our productivity and success in the office. Below are five benefits of biophilic office design from Raconteur.


  1. Physical health – Plants can help reduce pollutants and improve the air quality within an office. Whether adding potted plants or a living green wall, plants in the office can benefit employee’s health.
  2. Mental wellbeing – Aside from employee’s physical health, biophilic office design elements can have a positive impact on mental health. According to Mind, a charity in the UK, spending time in green spaces or around nature can improve mood, reduce stress, improve confidence, and more. Adding natural design elements, such as plants and greenery, a water feature, natural light, and views of nature can be beneficial for employees.
  3. Productivity – Natural light is so important to our body’s circadian rhythm or sleep-wake cycle. Exposure to natural light can increase energy levels, alertness, and productivity. If access to natural light isn’t possible, it may be worth investing in circadian lighting systems. Circadian lighting systems cycles through a lighting sequence which varies the color temperature and intensity throughout the day to align with the body’s natural circadian rhythm. This update can increase task performance and productivity by at least 12%.
  4. Staff retention – Employees want to feel that employers care about their wellbeing. Improving the office environment can boost the feeling of loyalty. Biophilic office design elements can create more personalized spaces, which is a welcome change from some of the more sterile office settings.  
  5. Branding – A study by the US Association for Psychological Science found it only takes 1/10 of a second to form an impression of a person or a place. An office should represent the brands character and personality. Employees and clients should pick up on that personality when walking through the doors. Biophilic design elements and an aesthetically pleasing office can help increase brand awareness and create a positive brand experience.

View the original Raconteur article here

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