What does biophilic design mean for serviced office space?

A few chairs in a meeting room with lots of windows

Our serviced office space is ideal if you have a love of nature, with plenty of natural materials and potted plants around our office interiors and meeting rooms, and pleasant surroundings with open water adjacent to all of our buildings.

There are plenty of watchwords in modern office design that link with the environment, from sustainability and green business energy, to recycled materials and responsibly sourced furnishings – and these kinds of factors all combine under the theory of biophilic design.

What is biophilia theory?

In short, biophilia is a love of nature, and was introduced by Edward O Wilson in 1984 to describe humanity’s innate connection and tendency to seek out other lifeforms and natural surroundings.

Over the decades since, this has developed into theories including biophilic city design and, in the 2000s, biophilic office designs that allow workers to feel connected to the natural world while in the workplace.

How do you design biophilic serviced office space?

Biophilic design is not all about planting trees in the middle of the floor or grass on the walls, although you’ll find both of those things in some modern office interiors.

Instead, it can incorporate natural materials like wood in office furniture, vibrant plants dotted throughout the office, and views to the outside complemented by artworks that also show landscape views.

Putting the space in serviced office space

Part of biophilic design is just about giving workers a sense of space, and it’s why the old American style of fully enclosed cubicles with no natural light has given way to more open plan, collaborative, modern office interiors.

Again, working in a room with windows is beneficial, as you get natural daylight and views of your surroundings, which in our buildings often means a view out over water.

Power to the people

Even the most comfortable office space can start to feel samey if it’s the only place where you spend time during every single working day, so it’s useful to give people some choice about where they work.

In our buildings, that means the option of heading to the kitchen for refreshments and a break from your desk, or spending some time in a breakout room to clear your head of stress before heading back.

Of course we also have well appointed meeting rooms to rent if you want to get out of the office for a training session or seminar, recruitment day, or to meet with clients and potential investors.

Find our serviced offices in biophilic locations

It’s fair to say that all three of our serviced office buildings offer biophilic surroundings, without taking you out of the heart of the city.

Our northern locations on Exchange Quay in Salford Quays, and Clippers Quay for MediaCity, are both by the water’s edge while just a skimmed stone away from Manchester city centre.

And in the south, you’ll find us at Davenport House on the Isle of Dogs, adjacent to Millwall Docks on the River Thames, and again just a short hop from Canary Wharf for the best balance between a city setting and natural surroundings.

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