biophilia in the new office spaceABSTRACT
In response to the expected shift to a hybrid work environment that allows employees to work both in the office and from a remote location, the traditional office design is undergoing a seismic reevaluation. Industry leaders have begun reducing their real estate footprint, architects and interior designers are re-envisioning their designs, and everyone who cares about employee health, safety, satisfaction, and productivity is rethinking what offices can be.
One way to reconfigure the post-pandemic work environment is through biophilic design, one that reconnects people to nature in the indoor environment. A biophilic design strategy provides staff with an inspiring and calming atmosphere with a park-like experience in the office. Biophilic design has components that rely on human wellness to improve the cognitive ability of employees, maintain physical and mental health, and provide documented economic improvement. By connecting staff to nature in the indoor environment, biophilic design inspires people to go to the office.
This white paper provides a vision for the post-pandemic office place that discusses opportunities, examples, and strategies to incorporate Biophilia in the new office space.