How Companies From Amazon To Delos Are Incorporating Biophilic Office Design To Support Employee Wellness

How Companies From Amazon To Delos Are Incorporating Biophilic Office Design To Support Employee Wellness
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Offices are increasingly emphasizing natural elements like greenery and sunlight in their workspaces to promote the health, productivity and happiness of employees

PSFK
  • 27 september 2018

Office workers spend the vast majority of their lives inside—a fact that businesses are attempting to change by bringing the outdoors to the workspace. Known as biophilic design, incorporating natural elements such as sunlight and greenery into offices is a way that employers are promoting the mental and physical well-being of their teams.

Subjects in offices exposed to real nature like plants or even outside views showed improved health and productivity outcomes over subjects who sat in environments with no exposure to nature. Accordingly, corporations are taking the importance of natural elements seriously, building everything from full-blown urban botanical gardens to offer employees respite during their breaks to constructing indoor gardens and plant walls that offer not only pleasant aesthetics but also even help purify the air.

Amazon
E-commerce giant Amazon created an urban botanical garden at its Seattle headquarters. The Seattle Spheres are large, multi-story glass domes filled with 40,000 plants from cloud forests around the world. Each level contains different types of seating, from communal to semi-private, allowing Amazon employees to completely immerse themselves in the natural world.

Delos
Real estate and technology firm Delos created a set of building guidelines that focuses on human health and wellness. The WELL Building Standard is supported by medical and scientific research to develop a set of best practices for design and construction in order to support human health and well-being. Delos’ new headquarters in New York City is a showroom for the standard. Its wellness-focused design includes indoor plant walls to clean the air and circadian-based lighting systems to mimic natural light.

Field Office
Field Office, a creative urban office campus in Portland, Oregon, includes ground floor gardens, living walls and outdoor working spaces with 78 species of native plants in an attempt to blur the line between indoors and outdoors.

These strategies for boosting quality of life and work for employees using the power of nature are just a few of the inspiring examples PSFK has identified—for more information, see PSFK’s full report, The Office As Service Experience.

Office workers spend the vast majority of their lives inside—a fact that businesses are attempting to change by bringing the outdoors to the workspace. Known as biophilic design, incorporating natural elements such as sunlight and greenery into offices is a way that employers are promoting the mental and physical well-being of their teams.

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