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.