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How to bring an office to life

We spend so much of our time at work, so it is no surprise that we want our office environment to be attractive and appealing, more than just four clinical walls and a plain desk. The place where we work needs to not only be safe and clean, but somewhere we feel comfortable and at ease, a space where we can reflect and be more creative.

This is one of the reasons that, when decorating their workspaces, businesses are turning to the ‘Biophilia Hypothesis’ – the theory that humans have an innate affinity with nature, and are happiest and most productive when surrounded by natural elements.

However, biophilic design is about so much more than just introducing a plant or two in the corners of the room. As our recent Human Spaces Report into the impact of the work environment on employee well-being shows, European workers value the peace and quiet, the textures, sights and colors of the natural world, as well. Employers need to take these desires into account to ensure that their entire workspace delivers an environment that fosters creativity and productivity, not just a small section of it.


There are many ways businesses can incorporate the principles of biophilia into their overall workspace design. A good place to start is with the walls and floor. Soft, textured furnishings can not only help to control noise, they can mimic the sensations experienced in the outdoors, helping to take the edge off manmade surfaces and enabling team members to reconnect with nature.

Biophilia is about more than just fashion, it is a key design concept that can play a major role in boosting employee performance, as well as supporting their well-being. While its positive impacts for businesses can be far-reaching, it is not difficult to incorporate its principles into any workspace design. With a little creativity and imagination, it is more than possible to develop an office design that helps to bring nature – and all its benefits for human health – indoors.


  1. Personally, I comepletely indentify with the power of biophilic design. All of us know how draining it is to be trapped in a windowless conference room. Nothing compares to the joy and peace and of catching a glimpse of the beach or the view from a mountaintop. When connecting with nature, I’ve had some of the most powerful thoughts in my life.

    David Gerson | 3 years ago | Reply

  2. Thanks for featuring bees and you are right to emhsspiae the need for more forage and for well trained beekeepers. The LBKA, uniquely, offers free mentoring for a season. To attain the necessary competence and husbandry skills this is the minimum time someone needs to keep bees. The National Bee Unit’s latest figures show 3200 registered apiaries in Greater London and at each of these there are likely to be three hives. The NBU reckons that only 75% of beekeepers register with them so the figure is much higher. The yields of honey in the last official Honey Survey show the lowest figures ever with an average yield per hive of thirty one pounds rather than the seventy you quote. Getting honey from your bees is becoming ever harder with the pressure on nectar and pollen which is seeing yields lower than the bees themselves need to get through the winter and the competition for food from other pollinating insects put real strain on bees. Saving the bees does not necessarily mean keeping bees. If you do, get proper training and if you don’t plant nectar rich plants in your harden and don’t use pesticides. Remember, at the moment, bees in London are more likely to die of starvation than anything else. Angela WoodsSecretary, London Beekeepers Association

    Nibia | 3 years ago | Reply

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