The biophilic design is able to improve the well-being of those who use a space through reconnection with nature. When this practice is implemented in offices and workshops, this property translates into many benefits. After all, in addition to the emotional qualities that vegetation can bring, it has the ability to filter out noise, lighting and allow for a milder climate, resulting in team productivity and more optimized services.
This is why we have collected fifteen projects that think of different ways of using the landscape in favor of well-being in the workspace. See them all below.
With the idea of creating an “outdoor office”, MIA Design Studio, designing Mr. Green’s Office, worked on the authenticity of the space through the use of metal in contrast with the natural elements. This helps to regulate the light and reduce reflections from the setting sun. Furthermore, the trees became colorful elements in a neutral and soft image, conceiving an outdoor garden in a concrete skyscraper.
Located in Presidente Prudente, a city known for its heat, Studio in Jardim Paulista has its own patios and greenery to create a pleasant microclimate through cross ventilation and natural lighting. In addition, the architects responsible for grupoDEArquitetura generously brought a garden and a bench in front of the project, where children from the nearby state school can rest and collect jabuticabas from the trees.
The work space 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 in it, “from grasses to bushes and sturdy trees with many leaves that help absorb carbon dioxide from the environment, creating a cool microclimate”. Architect Andyrahman added another essential element in biophilic architecture to the project: water – which, when pumped and flowing, brings a relaxing sound and evokes a more natural synaesthetic atmosphere.
In Manaus, Laurent Troost Architectures reinterprets the industrial typology of Tropical Shed. “A sequence of three-dimensional arcades, made of smooth rod, act as a guide for the growth of different species of vines which, when they grow rapidly, define a two-story high ceiling space, a ‘shed’, and, at the same time, shade the recreation area and office, creating a tropical, airy and refreshing microclimate. Vines grow from planters on both sides of the ground, where a pre-existing tree has also been preserved, making the center of the land totally free for any use . In addition to this beneficial aspect linked to the use of plants, landscaping is productive, since most of the species used in the environment are unconventional food plants “.
The award-winning Spanish studio Selgascano has as its characteristic language the use of colors that deviate from the modern neutral pattern and integration with an exuberant landscape. It is no different in the case of the Second Home Hollywood Office, where the curved and transparent walls allow a 360 ° horizontal view 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 brought 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 which provides an animal friendly microclimate and which helps to reduce the energy consumption of the building itself in the Prototype. bioclimatic of a building for host and nectar garden.
To complete a range of references that address different strategies to implement the landscape inside the offices, we present below different solutions that use it in patios, green walls, hanging gardens, pots or in an open space for the ground on the floor.
Hitotomori Headquarters / Hitotomori Architects
Agência 35 / Galeria 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 desk Ficus / Arquid
Community area Karakórum 221 / Elipsis Arquitectos
Sodexo Montréal offices / Atelier l’Abri + Vives St-Laurent
Desizo Monni Administrative building / A&A Architects
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