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With the increase in demand for biophilic design when it comes to the office landscape, businesses are bringing the outside-in with the introduction of ‘living walls’ or ‘vertical gardens’ to add another dimension to the workspace.
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 wellbeing 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 ‘wellbeing’ and provide people 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.
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? Take a look at out our latest living wall for healthcare providers Endomag.