So if your office has blank, white walls, you might not be doing your best work.
Fad or fantastic idea?
More than a fad, experts say this design movement is here to stay.
“Technology is a wonderful thing and has taken us so far so quickly; however, it cannot replace our innate, human need to be connected to nature,” Interface’s Gerson says.
Cooper agrees: “You’ll always have fads on the interior design of an office, but I suspect the most sustainable thing will be a need by people to have some link with nature.”
And the quantifiable evidence in favour of biophilia is mounting, especially where companies like it the most — the bottom line.
A California Energy Commission study that examined worker performance in indoor environments, and which is cited in a 2012 report published by Terrapin on the economics of biophilia, demonstrated how it can boost earnings.
At a call centre in Sacramento, California, workers whose cubicles had a view of vegetation through a window handled a larger volume of calls — about 6-7% faster — than those with no view. So, the company decided to spend about $1,000 per employee rearranging workstations. The result? Annual productivity savings averaging $2,990 per employee, an investment payback within four months, and a boost to long-term productivity and profits.
If the benefits of biophilia seem clear, but there’s really nothing you can do with your horrible office space, there is still one other option for you to consider: up sticks and move to greener pastures.
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