“Increasingly, green building project teams have attempted to incorporate biophilic design into their projects, but often their efforts amount to adding trees and plants or water features to their buildings. I believe this is because nothing in their training or backgrounds has prepared them for this exercise, and their experience with green building rating systems has trained them to fulfill the minimum requirements of a checklist without thinking past that step. True biophilic design goes much further and deeper.”
This excerpt from Amanda Sturgeon’s new book, Creating Biophilic Buildings, looks at how Google employed biophilic principles in every aspect of their Chicago headquarters design. Google turned a windowless cold storage warehouse into a light-filled space. Key biophilic elements:
- Daylighting promotes circadian rhythms and reduce stress. Task lights with color temperature settings
- Places of refuge – private spaces where employee can feel protected but not unconnected
- Direct visual connections to the outdoors
- Video walls that undulate patterns of nature
She stresses the need for making biophilia part of the design strategy, rather than placing a few green things around as an afterthought.
The future of work holds myriad possibilities for change. In order to adapt, we need to zoom out and understand the interconnections among evolving technology, demographics, and power dynamics. Are you prepared?
There's nothing particularly new here but this short video would make a great conversation starter for your next planning session.