Ideas for designing healthy and calming workplaces that take cues from the natural world.

Biophilic design has been shown to reduce stress, improve cognitive functioning, boost productivity, and support creativity and wellbeing at the office.

Here are some ways biophilic design can uplift workers as we transition back to the office.

Thinking outside the box-
For example organically shaped workstations that will spark creativity and spontaneous conversation among staff.

Creating a diverse ecosystem-
The days of one-size-fits-all workplaces are behind us. Heterogenous workplaces also do a better job of accommodating different personality types.
Employees given a choice of workstations – from cozy alcoves to standing desks to communal tables – feel a greater sense of control over their environment.

Nature as a metaphor-
Gesturing to nature through the use of vegetation, nature-inspired artwork, furniture design, and organic materials is crucial. For example, a stone slab for nature, a water element for the sea, or timber slats for a forest. Deploying these elements in the workplace creates moments of respite from artificial environments.

Natural Lighting-
Artificial lighting has been shown to interrupt the body’s circadian rhythm, making it difficult to fall asleep after a long workday.
It is important to ensure the flow of natural lighting into the working spaces.
One solution is to provide a range of luminaires – from pot lights to dimmable pendants to task lighting – to give employees greater control over brightness.

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