12 Days of Trends: Biomimicry and Circularity

We’re counting down to 2020 by sharing 12 days of emerging workplace trends! Learn what trends our top global contributors are most excited to see evolve in the new year. 

Trend 11 of 12: Biophilia and natural elements are important in the workplace. But often the view counts as much, if not more.

Introducing elements of biophilia in the work environment and providing access to natural daylight has brought the outside in and reconnected people with nature, a welcome benefit to occupants. Incorporating natural elements, such as wood and stone, have positive impacts on people and help us feel grounded. But often the view counts as much, if not more. People feel and perform better when they have a view of nature. And direct access to outdoor workspace is one of the most requested amenities today. Enabling individuals to have direct exposure not only to fresh air, but also natural light positively impacts their circadian rhythms and is a welcome alternative to traditional office space.

Today we go beyond simply creating vertical plant walls, we are designing with nature as a core inspiration. Rather than simply addressing environmental sustainability, companies need to create high-performance spaces that generate their own energy, treat their own water, and prioritize human health and wellness. The incorporation of biophilia and authentic, natural elements into work environments mitigates the negative impact of stress and enhances the well-being of occupants. Circularity is created when we take materials and elements from an existing space and give them a new purpose, leading back to the point from which they originated. When reclaimed or repurposed materials are given new life, we create a link back to our heritage and legacy while contributing to a more sustainable future.

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