Living walls: Bringing life to workplace interiors

13 November 2014. Features.

If we suggested planting within workplace interiors to you, you’d probably imagine a dusty, unloved spider plant perched upon a filing cabinet...

Times however are changing and the office landscape is turning outside-in with the introduction of ‘living walls’ or ‘vertical gardens’ to add another dimension to our workspace. 

Are living walls just another passing trend?

Living walls are becoming an increasingly popular office interior design trend as they offer many more benefits beyond being aesthetically pleasing. The benefits of plants in an office environment have been recognised to increase productivity and support the well-being of workers.

But they aren’t a new interior design trend. Historically, living walls are an ancient concept with examples in architectural history dating back to Babylonian times. The Romans would use grapevines on garden trellises and villa walls to partition spaces.

These naturally textured, lush and vibrant surfaces bring authenticity to the term ‘well-being’ and provide staff with countless benefits. Nature is both calming and stimulating. When applied to a vertical plane, a unique visual element is created that nourishes the senses – as seen in the informal meeting areas for Friends of the Earth.

How can foliage benefit workplace interiors?

In addition to this, there are some real practical paybacks, such as acoustic absorption to prevent sound reverberation and the fact that plants absorb airborne particles, cleaning the atmosphere from toxins and smells.

These striking additions to a workspace can not only place true value on the notion of staff well-being and effectiveness, but are a dramatic and impressive talking point to any office interior.

As an increasing trend, are these likely to make an appearance into your workplace interiors anytime soon?

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