Biophilic design boosts productivity by providing a haven for the human spirit.
There’s no shortage of medical evidence to suggest a connection to nature makes for healthier, happier and more productive staff, so it’s hardly surprising that a growing number of Australian companies are incorporating elements of biophilic design into their workplace. To those unfamiliar with the term, biophilia is about satisfying the innate human need for access to the natural world.
In a workplace, much of what biophilic design is all about is bringing the outdoors into the often cold, stark office environments that can make employees feel imprisoned within four walls. It exposes employees to warm, natural light, flowing lines, and to plants and greenery within the built form.
The benefits of doing so are well documented the world over, with international research suggesting indoor plants significantly reduce sick-leave (20 per cent), coughing and wheezing (35 per cent), dry eyes, nose and throat (20 per cent) and perceptions of pain by between 20 and 60 per cent.