The notion that good quality green and open environments improves wellbeing, and productivity at work, is not a new concept. Today, this relationship between humans and nature, and understanding of the essential human need to connect to a natural environment in the workplace, is being taken increasingly seriously by architects, developers and employers. This relationship is described by the phrase “biophilic design” or “biophilia” – the practice of incorporating nature into the built environment.
What is a Biophilic design?
Biophilic design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn and incorporating nature. As humans, we need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and workspaces in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. Biophilic office design refers to an increasing trend of bringing the outdoors indoors, or more accurately into the workplace. Invariably Biophilic Design in the workplace points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.
Why Biophilic Office Design?
This adoption and acceptance of biophilic office design is rooted in the fact that numerous studies have proven that by introducing elements of nature into the workplace, staff productivity, creativity and morale have all increased. In fact, a recent report highlighted the fact that workplaces that have introduced elements of nature such as greenery and sunlight have witnessed a decrease in the levels of mental fatigue among staff members and as much as 13% increase in levels of workplace wellbeing.
In the same report, they reference Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – the theory of physological health predicated by fulfulling innate human needs in priority. As a psychologist, Abraham Maslow studied office design and workplace aesthetics in the 1950’s. During this time he found that the quality of office design had an impact on staff energy levels and morale. Evidently, this progression to Biophilic office design has been many years in the making.
Indeed, the restorative qualities of nature can be replicated in the workplace in numerous ways – introducing plant life, providing access to natural light where possible, including natural wood finishes, embracing colour and crucially, providing staff with a choice of work settings and a comfortable work environment.
THE ARCADE ROOM DIVIDING SYSTEM is an incredibly adaptable way of Zone Dividing office spaces, and unlike conventional ‘dry walls’ doesn’t restrict the transfer of natural light from one area to another, and without affecting air flow and the need to re-balance AC systems.
The Arcade Room Dividing system offers a new way of dividing zones in a light and minimalist way, allowing for a simple, attractive alternative way of dividing space without the need for building fixed (dry) walls.
The Arcade Room System offers a combination of needs for agile workspace, the creation of a variety of flexible (moveable) zones and the incorporation of a Biophilic environment. Your companies’ best asset – your staff – needs a mix of private and collaborative spaces to thrive, and Arcade Wall System makes this possible. More than ever, organisations are constantly changing and usually at an increasingly fast pace. Hence the need for agile spaces that can be repurposed quickly and cheaply.
Arcade Room Dividing System is a hugely flexible system which can be customised to your design incorporating Biophilia (plants), shelving, lighting and filing as well as Acoustic elements to create a highly attractive and visual and acoustic barrier. The Arcade system delivers much needed levels of privacy between different working zones whilst maintaining a connection with the whole space.