Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions.

In essence, Biophilia involves the integration of nature into our built environment for its health and wellbeing benefits, which creates a positive space. As human beings, we gravitate towards nature, greenery, water and clean air because it makes us feel happier and more positive.

The Biophilic design trend has become widely popular in the workplace and has been a key feature with global design pioneers such as Google and Amazon. Employers have realised that by creating the best possible work environment, it will help attract new staff as well as retain the best talent. Although the cost of Biophilic Design is deemed as an investment, the benefits for staff wellbeing and productivity are more advantageous in the long run.

Here are a selection of benefits that Biophilic Design can bring to a company workspace:

  • Improve staff health and wellbeing
  • Enhance productivity levels
  • Improve mood and creativity
  • Better mental function and memory recall
  • Reduced stress, fatigue and anxiety therefore reduced absenteeism
  • Attract and retain talented staff
  • Aesthetic workplace
  • Improve air quality - plants use the carbon dioxide that we humans produce, and in turn create oxygen that we need. Plants also reduce levels of dust and bacteria which can be a danger to human health. Having cleaner air leads to improved employee wellness.

Working within a fast-paced, fit-out industry, we have enjoyed various projects that have embraced the trend. One client in particular who is currently enjoying this trend is Workrise – at their new offices. Their open-plan, single floor office-fit encompassed an abundance of live plants and beautiful natural oak furniture. For the full case study, take a look here. Other examples of Biophila in previous projects can be viewed below.

There are 3 core principles of Biophilic Design:

  • Direct contact with nature – incorporating water, potted plants, flowers and plenty of natural light. A fish tank and office cat or dog work well too! With views of nature and/or access to gardens and roof terraces it can also be considered as direct contact. This connection will have the strong impact on a persons wellbeing.
  • Indirect contact with nature – evoking a sense of nature by mimicking it using man-made elements. This includes grass walls, artificial planting, nature inspired artwork. Wooden furniture and wooden décor all assist with indirect contact with nature.
  • Human spatial response – this refers to the way we respond and feeling towards the space and design of the architectural environment., relaxing and restorative

If you feel inspired by these project examples and you’re considering a new office fit-out, get in touch with our one of our team on +44 (0)28 9044 8429.