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Green Walls Bring Offices To Life

Green Walls Bring Offices To Life
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Bringing natural elements into the workspace enhances mood, health, and ultimately profit.

Karen Baker
  • 23 august 2012

PSFK Presents The Future Of Work

To stimulate creativity and productivity within the workplace, offices are thinking about ways in which they can bring the outside in. Using natural elements like light, greenery, and balanced air flow, companies are not only providing relaxing environments for their employees, but contributing to their overall wellness, too.

Taoyuanju’s offices in Tianjin, China, which were re-imagined by Vector Architects follow this concept quite literally.  The design firm did not touch the structure of the building, a fairly standard three-story affair, instead choosing to focus on ways to improve the interior. They created indoor vertical gardens along one set of that span the full height of the structure. The greenery continually refreshes the air to improve the overall quality. Open mesh stairways and meeting room layouts, like the one pictured below, allow this clean air to circulate freely through the space.

Dutch energy company Eneco has taken a similar approach with their Rotterdam headquarters which was designed Hofman Dujardin Architects and Fokkema & Partners. The 14-story building has walls lined with plants both on the inside and out, the main architectural gem being an exterior vertical garden that completely covers the first three floors. Inside, the building floods with natural light provided by the large skylights overhead.

Whether by planting living, breathing walls or using open space to promote air circulation and encourage natural light, offices are recognizing the impact environment can have on health and, in turn, productivity.

Vector Architects
Hofman Dujardin Architects and Fokkema & Partners

PSFK is asking readers to show us great examples of naturally-inspired design to improve the workplace.  

How is your office bringing the outside in? Do you and your co-workers take turns watering a potted plant, living wall or rooftop vegetable garden?Do you work by fluorescent light or sun light?

We want to know what helps keeps you thriving in the workplace and we’re giving away an Urbio Modular Vertical Garden to the reader with the best submission. Tweet us your ideas to @psfk using #FoW #OutsideIn so we know who to credit.

Over the next 4-8 weeks we want to start a conversation around what you see is possible in the Future of Work. Feel free to follow the conversation here and participate in the ongoing competitions. Find the previous Week 1 challenges here: Day 1Day 2 and Day 3.

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