Anna Marszałek, Senior Workplace Research and Spaceplanning Consultant
Biophilic design is a trend in interior design that emphasises contact with nature. It can be provided, for example, by potted plants, sunlight, but also a view of greenery from the window. Research shows that employees who have access to these elements in the office are in a 15% better mood, about 15% more creative and their productivity is about 6% higher as compared to those working in offices without these elements.
Biophilic design is often used by creativity-oriented companies, a flagship example of which is Google’s office. Other elements usually present in such offices include vibrant colours, soft fabric finishes, photographic wallpapers, plenty of furniture to relax (such as hammocks, pouffes and sofas) and relaxation facilities (foosball tables, PlayStation). Often the first thing that comes to your mind upon entering this kind of office is a playground for children, especially if you can slide down a slide from the first floor to the ground floor. This is not a coincidence, but a deliberate effort: it is common knowledge that children are extremely creative. In an office like this, it is easy to wake up the inner child in yourself and unleash your creativity.
When asked: “when do you usually come up with unconventional ideas and solutions to difficult problems?” most people will reply: “before going to bed,” “in the shower,” “after waking up.”