Our Grove in the Scottish Highlands has just grown by the size of The Mackenzie School of English's new space!

Our Grove in the Scottish Highlands has just grown by the size of The Mackenzie School of English's new space!

Just imagine, that is 9000 SqFt of native Scottish trees! The trees such as Scots Pine, Rowan, dwarf Birch and Aspen will help to transform the open hillsides into healthy young woodland, rich in wildlife such as red squirrel, black grouse, capercaillie and wood ant! 

Thanks to The Mackenzie School of English an additional 117 new native trees will be planted in the wild Caledonian Forest in the Amos Beech grove of trees with all the wonderful wildlife that will inhabit their new environment.

The Mackenzie School of English moved in to their new space in Leith, Edinburgh in the first week of May.

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, we have started our own grove in partnership with the award-winning charity Trees for Life. Trees for Life works on the restoration of Scotland's ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.

You can plant trees yourself!

Like it?

Well, you don't necessarily have to redesign and fit our your space with us to achieve this, because you can plant trees yourself!

Have a look at the Amos Beech Trees for Life grove:

SALONE DEL MOBILE . MILANO 2018

SALONE DEL MOBILE . MILANO 2018

As Clerkenwell is fast approaching, it’s only appropriate I write my review on Salone de Mobile and Fuorisalone to compare findings and inspiration for the year ahead. The design trip was last minute; a now or never opportunity regarding 2018 so I was grateful to join the wave of people that jet set from every corner of the globe.  

SALONE DEL MOBILE . MILANO 2018

With the flood of designers, exhibitors and creatives, accommodation was initially a slight struggle with business owners and money makers hitching up prices almost quadruple the price. However, I managed to book an apartment with a beautiful terrace in the Tortorna District of Milan. If your time is limited, I would recommend staying in Tortona as it is one of the more highly concentrated areas of ‘Fuorisalone’ crammed with exhibitions, cafes and events. The Brera district is very similar in this respect too, if not more so. But to really see as much as possible, confirmed as the world’s largest furniture  furniture and design fair, Salone del Mobile at Rho Fiera is a must. Although, it’s easy to get lost in the labyrinth of displays and multiple halls, so be sure to make note prior of the exhibitors you’d like to see.

From an overall viewpoint, I noticed there was less of a focus placed on new product launches but rather exhibitors making a conscious effort to create memorable experiences, in fact very shareable as well. Particularly in the age of the selfie, mirrors and reflective surfaces was a prevalent player performing as a disruption to the spatial realm generating paradoxical type arrangements.  COS supported the work of the California-based artist Philip K. Smith to bring ‘Open Sky’ an installation to Palazzo Isimbardi. That comprised of a series of mirrored panels each tilted at a 47-degree angle, which respectfully gave a nod to the experience, the architecture and Milan itself.

Continuing the theatrical-like illusion, the emergence of larger-than-life translucent and see-through products that act as a divider in any setting, a flexible alternative to facilitates our everchanging needs and wants. One of the most magical experiences was visiting HAY at Palazzo Clerici, the location oozed with historical features poetically juxtaposed with a series of installation that conveyed examples of past and future living scenarios; with a human-centric approach to interior design, rather than focusing on the structure. The Rayures modular screen in fluted glass for Glass Italia designed by the Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec was a notable highlight. A recurring expression of drama also took the form of translucent floor to ceiling draperies, which would add a show-stopping, yet fluid and soft tactile feature to any environment. 

Many pieces of furniture acquired the shape of an exaggerated figure with plumper silhouettes, inflated curves and ballooned proportions. The Tacchini exhibition was a great example of softness and the continuing fluidity in mix of dusty pink, pastel yellow and off-set geometrics, all adding to the cocooning type feeling prevailed. I had taken a similar emotional response to CC-Tapis, especially the rug designed by Patricia Urquiola with the comparable tonal colour composition and a hyper tactile surface.

The integration of biophilia within products, exhibitions, and displays experience remained strong throughout Salone de Mobile and Fuorisalone, the recognition of the well-being benefits of biophilic design as reached a global scale, and the outlook being the trend is here to stay. The miniforms collection plays with shape and form to provide a seamless stand to place your plants, whether be it on the wall, floor or reflecting against a mirror. A perfect opportunity to add height and interest to any environment.

As well as nature, designers are looking up to the skies for inspiration as they explore the symbolism of the sun, moon, and space. This could be due to increasing cultural interest in spirituality, which can be seen to inform objects and settings to ignite people’s wonder and delight through magical and cosmic-like shapes. Equally, many exhibitions featured the use mismatching of materiality, furniture shapes, and products through styling, which also envelopes a similar unusual sense of awe due to the unexpected and uncanny (a.k.a the googly eyes).

Milan took me through an unexpected and unimaginable journey, I didn’t know what to expect. With just over 48 hours in the city, I consumed an incredible amount of design, good food, some wine and walked around 40km. Even now it’s still taking some time to digest everything I saw and experienced. 

A blog post by Flora Hogg

Key Tips to Arrange and Organise Your Office to Enhance Comfort and Productivity

Key Tips to Arrange and Organise Your Office to Enhance Comfort and Productivity

Is your team firing on all cylinders? If your answer to this question is “no” or “maybe”, then it’s definitely time to organise your office.

There was a time, not so long ago, when hardly any company paid attention or even put in any extra effort in their office design. All they did, and what some still do, was “strategically” arrange desks and chairs, add a computer and a telephone on every desk and expect employees to be productive just because they had decent working conditions.

Luckily, we now know better.

We know there is more to employee productivity than job security and a good paycheck. We know that our surroundings affect the way we work. So, as company owners or administrators, we strive to create a pleasant working environment that motivates employees and keeps them happy instead of pressuring them to deliver. Most companies are now looking for cost-effective ways to motivate and inspire their staff to become more productive in the workplace.

Companies have realised that it takes more than a pay rise or an employee of the month portrait on the company “wall of fame”, to get teams all fired up. Benefits and bonuses are also not giving the desired ‘return on investment”.

Don’t get me wrong. These are good motivators. They really are. But let’s be honest. These are nothing but quick fixes. In the long run, employee turnover depends on many factors, some of which are quite hard to quantify.

While it is a fact that human beings react exceptionally well and even get motivated when there’s some sort of monetary reward, there are other salient factors that can have a similar effect at a one-off cost.

What are these salient factors that can keep your employees inspired and get them motivated enough to enhance their productivity?  Well, the answer has everything to do with how you organise your office. How your office is designed and organised can ultimately affect your employees’ productivity.

To help you keep your employees motivated and inspired at work, we have put together some ideas to help you get started.

9 Tips on How to Organise Your Office to Enhance Comfort and Productivity

1.      Provide the Best Work Environment

This one goes without saying. It’s every employee’s right to be provided with a suitable working environment. But in terms of productivity, this goes beyond providing a space, a desk, a chair, and maybe a computer.

The right office furniture plays a huge role in enhancing productivity. Did you know that providing your employees with the right chair can increase productivity by up to 17.5 percent?

Your employees, especially those who spend most of their time seated, need to be comfortable at their workstations in order to perform as expected.

Following the classically stylish ON® office chair and athletic and dynamic IN, Wilkhahn is now adding another chair in the shape of AT, now the third in the range of its office chairs with free-to-move capability.

A healthy employee is a motivated and inspired employee. Provide them with the right type of chairs (ergonomically designed) to avoid unnecessary injuries and to let them stay focused on important tasks.

Think about it this way: how well would you perform if you had to endure a throbbing back pain?

You should also ensure that your employees are adequately equipped with all the necessary office accessories as you organise your office. Don’t have them waste precious time looking for a paperclip or the office printer. Help your team help you!

The best way to get started is to enlist the help of a design team that also provides workplace consultancy. Such a team takes time to understand what you need and comes up with tailor-made solutions. No two companies are alike.

This is why you should steer clear of pre-packaged office design and furbishing services. Instead, opt for something that helps YOU and YOUR employees stay happy and productive at the office.

2.     Get Creative with Colour

It’s a well-known fact that the colours around us influence our mood and our reactions.

Workplace productivity doesn’t just happen. It needs to be triggered -- and colour is one of the most effective ways of giving it a nudge. Certain colours have also been known to significantly boost productivity. If you are not sure about what colour to use in your new offices and still want to make your employees happier and effective, go for green and blue.

If you want to go for optimism, energy, and innovation then mellow-yellow is your colour.

Again, this is pure theory. Be sure to consult with a specialist before making the final decision on the colours in your office.

3.     Bring Nature Inside

A bit of nature in the workplace can work wonders especially for those who are starting to be fed up by the concrete jungle. As we all know, the number of people who crave being closer to nature is constantly increasing.

Biophilic design, in the workplace

Plants, apart from being great office decorations, can also motivate your employees. Researchers have found that incorporating plants as part of your office decor can boost productivity by 15 percent.

More importantly, they are the best source for fresh air. You don’t want your employees’ brains to be deprived of oxygen, do you?

4.     Let there Be Light

When you set out to organise your office, keep in mind that light is the one thing that can affect productivity in the long run. Thus, ensuring that your office has adequate light is crucial.

While artificial lighting is the most commonly used source of light, too bright or too dim light bulbs can put a strain on your employees’ eyesight.

Negative effects such as headaches and drowsiness can drastically reduce productivity.

Natural light, on the other hand, has numerous benefits one of them being increased productivity. Natural light not only helps us stay healthy; it also affects our ability to work.

When workers are not visually stimulated, it affects their ability to remain alert and focused. Plus, the type of light used has a great impact on creativity in the office.

A nice blend of artificial light  and natural light in the offices of ST Microelectronics in Edinburgh

So as you embark on redesigning your office, ensure that you use of natural light as much as possible. Always use glass partitions in rooms that don’t require visual privacy. If the space allows, you can also create an outdoor area for employees to use during their breaks. Bonus: this will also help cut down on your energy bills and make your company more eco-friendly.

5.     Arm Employees with the Right technology

Organising your office is not only about rearranging office furniture or even replacing the old desks and chairs with new ones. It also means equipping your employees with the right tools and the right technology to enable them perform their duties efficiently.

One huge mistake many employers make, especially when redesigning their offices, is to assume that their employees are happy with their tools or that they couldn’t care less about them.

As you organise your office, it is advisable to find out which of your team’s tools needs to be fixed or replaced.

Employees can very easily lose motivation if they have to use faulty or outdated office tools and technology. Yes, even if everything else in the office is brand new. After all, everyone wants to keep up with the latest technology. This is beneficial for both your employees’ careers and for the productivity level in your company.

Double monitor arms mounted on-sit stand desks at the new offices of CitNOW in Stirling

Using two computer screens, for instance, can boost productivity by up to 50 percent. By creating a wide-screen effect, your employees can perform specific tasks much faster and be more satisfied at work. Talk about shooting two birds with one stone, right?

6.     Encourage Work Station Personalisation

A brand-new office design is a great way to boost morale. Your employees will love moving into their new offices and will enjoy the change in colours and furniture. But the process of organising your office doesn’t stop with moving and settling in.

Just like moving into a new neighbourhood, your employees are bound to feel “lonely” at the new workstations. Almost everything looks foreign and unfamiliar.

In order to counter this, you should allow your employees to add that personal touch to their new space.

Interior design, office fit out and furniture for Lomond Plant in Falkirk

Encourage them to throw in a few of their favourite personal items such as small teddy bears, family photos, cards with motivational quotes and so on.

Such familiar items will keep them highly motivated and inspired. Plus, it will make work feel more comfortable and more like home.

7.      Keep the Air Flowing

Imagine if you could  work here! Believe it or now, but some of us did: A trip to Actiu !

Organise your office so there’s a constant supply of fresh air throughout it.

A well-ventilated office provides the perfect atmosphere to work and it also improves employees’ overall performance.

Research shows that when you improve the air quality at work, you improve productivity.

Another study from the Technical University of Denmark revealed that indoor environment can influence work productivity by up to 10 percent.

A good indoor environment prevents health issues. It also makes the workspace comfortable to work in and, in turn, this help your employees focused and able to concentrate.

You should also ensure that your ventilation, heating, and air conditioning systems are checked and serviced on a regular basis.

8.     Eliminate Clutter

A clean and organised office can help your employees get more done. Decluttering creates an optimal workspace, reduces any chance of getting distracted, and contributes to enhanced productivity.

Of course you wouldn't expect anything else but a clean and organised office at  Morisons Solicitors in Glasgow !

Some people believe that a messy workspace reflects well on an employee – it shows how busy they. While this might be the case for some, the people around the messy workspace can be negatively affected by the mess.

One clever way of making decluttering a habit in your office is to simply turn it into a fun weekly or monthly activity. Make this a routine and encourage your team to discard unnecessary stuff and only keep stuff they use on a daily basis on their desk.

Another important thing is to make sure you have provided adequate storage space as you organise your office. After all, you can’t expect your team to keep clean and de-cluttered desks if you don’t provide them with the space they need to keep their stuff in.

9.     Choose the Right Design and Layout

Where we work affects what we do. Your overall office layout and design plays a major part in the way your employees perform – you already know that. Now let’s see what you can do about it.

Maxim Office Park Glasgow

When you decide to relocate your office or redesign your current one, it is very important to factor in how the design will complement your employees’ performance and productivity.

Irrespective of the number of employees you have, a poorly designed office space will negatively affect your employees’ ability to deliver.

As you organise your office, your primary goal should be to enhance your team’s performance. Keeping up with the latest trends in office design should come in second.

Though it can sometimes be challenging to strike a balance between what the management wants, how much it will cost, and how it will affect the employees, it is always advisable to seek input of your staff.

Try to involve your employees in identifying suitable designs for their workspace as much as possible. This consultative approach and the idea of working in a space that they helped create is also a great motivator and productivity booster.

Conclusion

These are just some of the key areas that you should consider when in the process of moving offices, doing an office fit out, or a refurbishing an old office space.

On a tight budget? You still shouldn’t sacrifice comfort and choose the cheapest options irrespective of how they impact your employees. The better solution is to make the changes you need in phases.

Employee productivity is key to the success of your company and to achieve this, you need to organise your office so that it promotes agile working, enhances performance, boosts creativity, and fires up their motivation. Remember, getting the right interior design team involved from the very beginning will help you create the ideal work environment for you and your team.

Plus, a skilled team of interior designers can actually save you money. For instance, they can get you better deals on office furniture due to their long-standing relationship with suppliers. At Amos Beech, our goal is to help our clients get the best results with a minimal investment.

Get in touch with our specialists to find out how we can help you organise your office and boost employee productivity.

Going Agile?

Going Agile?

Going Agile?

This is probably the most widely discussed ‘new’ method of working. Going agile is when a company becomes flexible in their approach to work. Agile working has been around for decades. It explores the idea that nobody spends their whole day at a desk and there is never the whole workforce in an office at any given time. Five years ago, it was the workstyle that revolutionary companies were adopting and the others would stand and watch in awe. 

Today it is a method widely considered by all.

Agile working

How flexible are you willing to go?

Flexible working is the most controversial form of change. Would you as an employer allow some of your workforce to work from home or in coworking areas? How keen are you on micro management and what is your culture?

What are users preferences? How do you collect office occupancy data? Do you want real-time and historic insight?

Read the blog by Sam James on our iOtSpace website:

The forest has just grown by the size of CitNOW's office!

The forest has just grown by the size of CitNOW's office!

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility here at Amos Beech we are committed to re-foresting a Glen in the Scottish Highlands in partnership with Trees for Life.  For every fit-out project we complete in 2018 we will plant enough trees to match the actual floor area we have refurbished.

Re-foresting the Scottish Highlands 

The forest has just grown by the size of CitNOW's office. 3500 SqFt of trees will be carefully planted in protected sites in the Scottish Highlands where they will create homes for wildlife and forests for the future. The Caledonian Forest is one of our most important forest ecosystems, providing a home for spectacular wildlife, it is severely fragmented, and in many places consists entirely of old trees. Trees for Life is working to expand and link these ancient pinewoods.

Images by Trees for Life, Graphic Design by Sinds77

We take our responsibility seriously, not just in relation to our customer performance but also in relation to the environment. For this reason we have started our own grove in 2017. 

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CitNOW office launch party

The team here @amos_beech were lucky enough to be invited to the office launch party at the 'Codebase Penthouse' in Stirling on Tuesday evening, an excellent opportunity to present the certificate:

 Image by Robert Fyfe CitNOW

Image by Robert Fyfe CitNOW

We thank CitNoW for the great evening and exotic beers, some of which were brewed in Alva near Stirling, alongside some 'Triples' from Belgium:) Not to forget the great Pizzas from award winning Napizza in Stirling.

You can plant a tree yourself!

We encourage you to plant a tree yourself, please visit our grove by clicking on the image below and follow the instructions. It is easy enough and it's only a fiver!  (update 14-06-2018: a sixer now..:)

 Plant you own tree now! Ckick on the image above and follow the instructions.

Plant you own tree now! Ckick on the image above and follow the instructions.

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Tasting room design and fit-out for Justerini & Brooks Edinburgh

Tasting room design and fit-out for Justerini & Brooks Edinburgh

The Scottish food & drink industry, is one of Scotland's biggest and most resilient contributors to the economy and we here @Amos_Beech are fortunate to have been designing and fitting out offices, shops and tasting rooms for this industry for years. This time we were in Edinburgh for the new tasting room of Justerini & Brooks, Fine Wine & Spirits Merchants.

Design and fit out tasting room Edinburgh

Justerini & Brooks set up in Edinburgh in 1963 to look after the Scottish private customer, as well as and restaurants and hotels. J&B has looked after the needs of the discerning collector looking for quality wine, expertise and personal service for more than 260 years! J&B is an independent part of Diageo and are highly client focused and have intimate relationships with restaurant chefs and private clients.

Interior design and colours

The kitchen in the tasting room comprises storage cupboards, a Belfast sink with double drainer, integrated dishwasher and glass display storage. Hot and cold water supplies as well as waste facilities have been added to the property, quite a challenge in such an old building in Edinburgh's New Town. 

The colours selected are warm, muted tones with metallic features integrating the oak timber. The overall look is a clean, contemporary style within a traditional palette. Existing doors and skirtings were painted in a satin finish with the walls being decorated in neutral paint colours to maximise the light in the space. The finishes gives the room a fresh injection of life and is now an ideal space to host clients.

The specially designed and custom build wine storage allows compact storage of up to 48no six bottle boxes on shelving. A full height integrated wine cooler fridge is part of the unit. The glass door and internals, specifically for wine storage, give a high end look to improve the aesthetics of just a basic fridge. The top shelf has been designed with  metallic wire wine bottle racking which creates an attractive display whilst also having a practical function. The finishes continue the warmth of the oak timber with a coloured backing to the shelving. The result is a functional but attractive statement.

Commercial interior design Edinburgh

Interior design and fit out Edinburgh

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Moving glass wall for WH Malcolm Glasgow

Moving glass wall for WH Malcolm Glasgow

When the Malcolm group contacted us, asking if we could advise them in replacing a balustrade for a glass wall, in the Donald Malcolm Heritage Centre just south of Glasgow we were keen to get to know the place.

The Heritage Centre was built by Andrew and Walter Malcolm in memory of their father, Donald Malcolm. Donald started the company in the early twenties  with a single horse and cart. It was a small family-run business that collected coal from the railway station and distributed it around the local area. Today the Malcolm Group is a large logistic services company active in road and rail transport, warehousing, and terminal management. 

 A great place for truck lovers and petrol heads!

A great place for truck lovers and petrol heads!

Movable Glass Wall Glasgow

The beautifully made balustrade that had to be replaced with glass was an excellent example of craftsmanship, but it unfortunately meant that the whole museum had to be heated when the meeting room was in use. At the same time Malcolm wanted to maintain the open connection between the meeting hall and the exhibition centre.

 The removable wall starts left from the entrance door in the picture above or right in the picture below.

The removable wall starts left from the entrance door in the picture above or right in the picture below.

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Our fit out team were excited at the prospect of working in this great environment and also the photographer (a diesel head himself) was chuffed to bits when he learned where he was going. The story of W H Malcolm is inspiring and to have the privilege of working here ticked all the boxes. 

Planting a tree should be simple!

Planting a tree should be simple!

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Planting a tree should be simple!

Planting a tree should be simple and we make it simple for you.

At Amos Beech we have a strong connection with trees as Beech has been used in worktops for years. The actual process of planting a young tree is not difficult but it must be done properly and with care. It is a bit like creating a new office environment. When planting a tree you need to look at the type of tree, the correct environment, the location and you need to consider future growth. It is the same with the interior design and fit-out of an office environment. Trees grow and so do most companies.

Fortunately an office interior can grow faster than a tree:

The growing of the new office interior of ST Microelectronics at Tanfield in Edinburgh. (click on the Play button in the image above)

Creating a new office environment

The first step in office interior and fit out starts with workplace consultancy followed by our five step Interior design consultation service that involves:

  1. The brief
  2. Research
  3. Development
  4. Presentation
  5. Delivery.

You can find more about this by clicking on the image below:

Do you want to plant a real tree?

We take our responsibility seriously, not just in relation to our customer performance but also in relation to the environment. 

The management and all who work at Amos Beech are committed to the care of the environment and the prevention of pollution. In order to ensure the achievement of the above commitments, the Amos Beech has implemented an Environmental Management System which satisfies the requirements of ISO 14001 : 2015. We use responsibly sourced timber and timber products.

In addition to that, we promote Biophilic Design, we like planting trees ourselves and support Trees for Life. Trees for life is Scotland's leading conservation volunteering charity. Their vision is to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest in the Scottish Highlands.

Plant a Pine Tree in the Amos Beech grove in the Scottish Highlands!

It is very simple and only costs a fiver, so what are you waiting for? Just click on the image below and then on 'Add trees to this grove':

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Biophilia within the workplace

Biophilia within the workplace

The resurgence of the theory of biophilia and, more recently, biophilic design is more relevant than ever. We, as humans, have a deep-rooted attraction towards nature; and only in the last century has it become possible for people on mass to trap themselves in concrete jungles. One location, in particular, that has associations of estranging humans away from nature is the workplace. Consequently, within the commercial workplace setting, we are now experiencing a catalyst of hazy borders between the outdoors and indoors.

Biophilia within the workplace

Bringing the outdoors indoor isn’t a new development; the Chinese have been growing plants indoors as a symbol of wealth from as early as 1,000 B.C. Even in the UK during the Victorian Era the creation of glasshouse, due to the industrial revolution, allowed explorers to flourish exotic plants that they brought back home from their travels. However glasshouses were only obtainable for the social elite, for most householders biophilia was achieved through wallpapers that portrayed botany inspired patterns. These wallpapers became the most important element to interior decoration in a residential setting at that time.

These hazy borders between the outdoor and indoor have a distinct correlation with the borders between residential and commercial environments. This highlights the loss of singularisation of spaces in our contemporary society, instead with the domination of use value to embrace a fluid approach. Subsequently, as we nomadically roam, there is a constant yearning to feel connected to the surrounding landscapes, as it will support our fluid experiences, ensuring that a constant feeling of comfort is maintained.

A situational value is put on the consumption of space, with transitional spaces adding emphasis to the flexibility. It has been said that being geographically mobile will be a defining feature of the new elite; workplaces interiors will surpass the norm of commercialism through the deconstruction of convention, to allow the surrounding environment to envelop a lifestyle that is sprinkled with essences of home and the outdoors. This design approach highly values environmental empowerment that is directly linked to psychological comfort.

Biophilic design

The most direct experience of nature in a built environment would be to have vegetation and flowering plants in the workplace. A study at Cardiff University stated the placement of living plants in a workplace setting improved productivity by 15%. The presence of plants is also known to reduce stress, enrich physical health and improve comfort. Additionally, the notion of comfort has many indirect experiences with nature to achieve biophilia, such as simulating natural light and air; they must be appropriate to each setting to help ensure functional wellbeing at work. By balancing environmental demands with skills and abilities, of employees on how they use their workplace, will create the optimal environment for creativity and flow.

To visually portray nature would be to simulate and construct out from the natural patina of materials such as leather, stone, copper, bronze and wood; that provokes positive visual and tactile responses. The choice of materiality, colours, naturalistic shapes and forms must be carefully considered to achieve biophilia and enable the fluidity within the lifestyles and movements of the modern man. For instance, an interior that appears light and airy may have translucent facades that open up for ventilation and movement, consenting to visual internal transparency. This dematerialization projects to employees a focus on accessibility rather than ownership and possession.

As more workplaces are adopting agile working and open office configuration, it can be translated to creating internal transparencies across once traditional organisation to drive collaboration, integration and foster a sense of belonging. This is appropriation of an experience of space and places namely, mobility and way finding, as employee’s comfort and wellbeing is dependent on free movement. It can be achieved with stairs and ramps carefully integrated with platforms, seating and plans, allowing employees to flow through effortlessly.

Prevalently, in more recent times there has been a shift of attention to sustainability and the environment. There has been more demands for products to be sustainable, many manufactures have been developing different techniques to up-cycle materials. Biophilic design must have ethical value that cares for the sustainability of nature and must commit to maintaining a healthy relationship.

Biophilic design, within the workplace, is about creating wholesome habitats for employees, those that are istigkeit to natural forces. The istigkeit of biophilia isn’t superficial; it has many tangible layers and levels to evoke similar feelings one gains from the earth. Especially as management style are moving away from autocratic, towards an inclusive and collective approach. It is evident that this design methodology has enriched workplaces to increase productivity and boost overall moral; by incorporating biophilia in to a design scheme is less seen as a luxury and more of a commodity to improve employee wellbeing.

Text and images by Flora Hogg