Biophilic offices: landscape and working environment
Biophilic design is able to improve the well-being of those who use a space by reconnecting with nature. When this practice is implemented in offices and workshops, this property results in many advantages. After all, in addition to the emotional qualities that vegetation can bring, it has the ability to filter noise, lighting and allow a milder climate, resulting in more optimized team productivity and services.
For this reason, we have collected fifteen projects that think about different ways to use landscaping in favor of well-being in work spaces. See them all below.
With the concept of creating an “outdoor office”, MIA Design Studio, when designing Mr.Green’s Office, worked on the authenticity of the space through the use of metal in contrast to the natural elements. This helps regulate light and reduce glare from the setting sun. In addition, the trees became colorful elements in a neutral and soft image, designing an outdoor garden in a concrete skyscraper.
Located in Presidente Prudente, a town known for its heat, Studio in Jardim Paulista has its patios and vegetation to create a pleasant microclimate thanks to cross ventilation and natural lighting. In addition, the architects responsible for grupoDEArquitetura have generously brought a garden and a bench to the front of the project, where children from the nearby public school can rest and pick jabuticabas from the trees.
The workspace on the ground floor of the Biophilic Office is open and oriented towards a green garden in the center. There are many types of plants, “from grasses to sturdy bushes and trees with many leaves that help absorb carbon dioxide from the environment, creating a cool microclimate”. Andyrahman Architect added another essential element of biophilic architecture to the project: water – which, when pumped and flowing, brings a relaxing sound and evokes a more natural synesthetic atmosphere.
In Manaus, Laurent Troost Architectures reinterprets the industrial typology of Tropical Shed. “A sequence of three-dimensional porticoes, made of smooth rebar, serve as guides for the growth of several species of vines which, when growing rapidly, define a two-story high ceiling space, a ‘shed’, and , at the same time, shade the leisure space and the office, creating a tropical, airy and refreshing microclimate. The vines grow in flower boxes on either side of the plot, where a pre-existing tree has also been preserved, thus totally freeing the center of the plot. Besides this beneficial aspect linked to the use of plants, the landscaping is productive, since most of the species used in the environment are unconventional food plants”.
The award-winning Spanish desk Selgascano has its signature language of using colors that deviate from the modern neutral pattern and integrating with exuberant landscaping. This is no different in the case of the Second Home Hollywood Office, where the curved and transparent walls allow 360º horizontal views of the vegetation, giving the feeling of working immersed in nature. In this project, the architects claim that instead of bringing the garden to the office, they took the office to the garden.
Finally, with the desire to create a biological corridor for the movement of insects and birds in the urban environment, Husos Archictets has developed a green facade that provides a favorable microclimate for animals and contributes to reducing the energy consumption of the building itself. even in the Bioclimatic Prototype of a Guest Garden Building and Nectars.
To complete a range of references that address different strategies to implement landscaping inside offices, below we present different solutions that use it in patios, green walls, hanging gardens, vases or in an open space for ground earth.
Hitotomori Headquarters / Hitotomori Architects
Agência 35 / Gallery Arquitetos
Headquarters of the law firm / BLOCO Arquitetos + Renata Dutra Arquitetura
IHI Innovation Center [i-Base] / Nikken Sekkei
Escritório Sítio Experimental / Alexandre Furcolin Paisagismo
Writing Ficus / Arquid
Karakórum 221 Community Space / Elipsis Arquitectos
Sodexo Montreal Offices / Atelier l’Abri + Vives St-Laurent
Administrative building Desizo Monni / A&A Architects
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