Biophilic Design: Sustainability is Big for Corporate Real Estate, Design
As the COVID-19 pandemic nears its end, the world has a newfound appreciation for green spaces. With employees getting back to offices, many of which are redone for the return, sustainability will gain steam in corporate design conversations. Biophilic design is a concept which increases the human connection to nature in the built environment and is bound to be the go-to design theme for corporate offices.
Amazon has said of its new Helix-shaped tower in a blog: “The natural beauty of a double helix can be seen throughout our world, from the geometry of our own DNA to the elemental form of galaxies, weather patterns, pinecones, and seashells. The Helix at our Arlington headquarters will offer a variety of alternative work environments for Amazon employees amidst lush gardens and flourishing trees native to the region.” In addition to design, integration of rooftop solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, electric vehicle charging stations, rational use of energy resources, recycling mechanisms, maximising sunlight through design and encouraging paperless work are all part of more sustainable buildings and offices. In the post-COVID-19 world, who would not like feeling closer to nature, and making a meaningful difference to the world environment with the built environment?