Renaturing arhitecture at Botanic House
The BCO (British Council for Offices) Midlands & East Anglia hosted a seminar on biophilic design at Botanic House in Cambridge last week.
Biophilia is a term used by the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment.
The speaker at the Mills & Reeve event was architectural and interior designer Oliver Heath, a recognised global expert in “renaturing architecture” through biophilic design.
Ruscha Mars, the founder of the Good Plant Company, whose plants were deployed at the event, said of the occasion: “The case for biophilic design has never been stronger, with employers increasingly now looking for ways to create working environments that are conducive to creativity and productivity. Using biophilic design brings mental and physical health benefits and can help employers retain their staff, which in a competitive environment is crucial. Millenials in particular seem to be very keen on plants and a plant filled office becomes a very inviting place to work..”
Biophilic benefits include improving rates of productivity and creativity while reducing absenteeism and presentism. Biophilia makes people feel comfortable and inclined to stay – ideal for shopping centres as well as offices., where natural light, trees and plants, plus access to food and drink, improve wellbeing.