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The Benefits of Biophilia in Workplaces

Why Biophilic Design Matters


In his 1984 ‘Biophilia Hypothesis', eminent US biologist Edward O Wilson proposed that humans share a deep seated desire to be with nature, and that exposure to the natural world is therefore important for human health and well-being. Nowhere better for clear evidence of this is in Japan, where Shinrin Yoku (Forest Bathing Therapy), has been a cornerstone of their medicine since the 1980s. 

Evidence based research further indicates that it is becoming increasingly clear that biophilia has a real and measurable impact on improving human performance metrics such as productivity, physiological as well as psychological health and well-being, stress reduction, creativity and learning.

Also, with the finite limitations of many of our natural resources creeping even closer every year; as well as biophilia, we also promote Cradle to Cradle (C2C) principles. In which we align biophilic design strategies with the Circular Economy, for helping prolong the life cycle of a building. 

  • 3 Biophilic patterns have research that shows a reduction in stress when included in workplaces.

  • 6 Biophilic patterns improve cognitive performance, attentiveness and concentration.

  • 11 of the 14 Biophilic patterns provide a general improvement in staff well-being, sense of place and happiness.

  • 5 Biophilic patterns reduce blood pressure and heart rate.

  • All of the above benefit not only in generally improving staff well-being and therefore staff retention.

  • Also in reducing absence because of poor health and sickness and improving productivity for a return on investment.

  • Multiple studies show that a happy workforce is a more productive workforce and one that is loyal and willing to work harder for their company.

  • Plants in the workplace provide a two fold benefit, not only do they promote a pleasant and relaxed working environment but they can also help maintain a clean indoor air quality.

  • Studies show a 20% reduction in dust particles when plants are introduced into an office space and an increase in productivity by 10-15%.