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#MYoffice? Modern and creative office based on biophilic design

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. [1]

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."

What all of these situations have in common is a state of relaxation. When you are confined to the framework of a typical dull office and spend eight hours a day at a desk, it is hard to be creative. On the other hand, if you can relax in a colourful hammock, or watch a paradise beach on the wall of your office, solutions to difficult problems can come to your mind easily.

If you agree with the statements concerning your company presented below, this style can fit into your office:
- It appreciates unconventional and innovative solutions to problems.

- Work is team- and project-oriented.
- Superiors give you a lot of freedom and value self-reliance.
- What matters more is the final result, rather than working in line with procedures and schemes.|
- Ecology is an important value.

Anna Marszałek, Senior Workplace Research & Spaceplanning Consultant

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[1] Human Spaces: The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace