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Vertical Walls Are a Walk on the Wild Side

How often have you sought out nature because you knew you needed some relief or relaxation? When you’re feeling stressed do you find yourself daydreaming about hiking in the mountains or walking along the seashore? Have you ever thought about why that is? It’s simple: we are biologically hard-wired to commune with Mother Earth. Many of us have brought the outdoors into our homes, but what about into our office spaces?

According to a poll conducted by Future Workplace, the number-one desire of employees in North America is not a cafeteria, fitness center, or on-site childcare; it is, simply “access to natural light and views of the outdoors.” Plant Solutions can give your work environment even more than this with the addition of a living, vertical wall. The benefits of green walls and plant life in the home and office are numerous.

For decades, bringing nature into the office simply meant a couple of low-maintenance plants on the desk. However, the expanded understanding of bringing the outdoors inside has become so important that it has evolved into “an entire creative paradigm” for interior architecture and design. It is a trend that has taken hold. As you can see by the graphic above, plants improve health, productivity and concentration.

What is a Living, Green Wall?

If you’ve seen green walls used in innovative spaces, you already know how striking and beautiful the elements are. By bringing in a large element that incorporates nature, you break up the monotony of a corporate building that doesn’t have many windows or a lush green space outside the window. A vertical green wall system is designed using the right species of plants to ensure they stay healthy over time and continue to stay lush and green.

Incorporating vertical living walls into your space doesn’t have to be difficult. Because Plant Solutions is an expert in biophilic design, especially living vertical walls, we make the building of your living wall simpler than you might imagine. We know that the visual impact and physical benefits a green wall system brings to your space are unparalleled by any artificially created design accent.

Usually mounted on the interior or exterior walls of buildings, our vertical installations can vary in size and shape. They are made with a variety of plants that will thrive in your particular environment. As horticultural experts, we help you create a customized living wall to fit with the light, needs and personality of your own space. Of course, we also help you with any day-to-day maintenance requirements after your green wall is installed to ensure a vibrant and successful living wall.

Our Latest Living Wall

This month we are proud to highlight our latest living wall installation in the offices of Zovio, an education services company headquartered on Chandler, AZ. It is a refreshing, green space experience that provides all the benefits of nature indoors. Check out the images below to see its construction, and click on any image to see it full size. If you would like to elevate your next design by incorporating a living wall, Plant Solutions will take care of every aspect – from design and planning to installation and maintenance.

Call us today at 480-585-8501 or SEND US AN EMAIL.

Biophilic Design - Bring Your Buildings to Life

Biophilic Design – Bring Your Buildings to Life

Failing to include plant life in your businesses master plan can be a big mistake. While we may not notice it, plants have a constant positive effect on humans. Not only do plants improve the air quality in an indoor space by producing more oxygen, the smells and textures they provide have additional physiological effects that help us feel better in multiple ways. Exposure to plant life can naturally reduce stress levels, help change your mental outlook to a more positive one and even help prevent depression.

Biophilic Design - Bring Your Buildings to Life

Why Incorporate Living Elements into Your Building Design?

The use of natural elements in your space instantly helps your employees and any visitors feel better. This is due to the biophilic connection that people feel with plants and other forms of nature. The human body longs to be in the outdoor environment, among the natural elements that our ancestors lived in for thousands of years. When natural is included in an indoor space, it softens the artificial elements and makes people feel calmer and more relaxed.

Including natural elements in the plan for your building can translate to many advantages for the building owner, including:

  • Improved employee attendance due to reduced sick leave
  • Reduced health care costs
  • Better levels of happiness and employee satisfaction
  • Improved morale among team members
  • Increased productivity due to better concentration

Why Do Living Elements Change the Overall Feeling of a Building?

Why Do Living Elements Change the Overall Feeling of a Building?

The effects of plant life and other natural elements on people have been well documented over the past few decades. Scientists have found many measurable reasons that plants change the mood of people within their range.

A University of Michigan study found that being around plants increases memory power. When outside or in an environment with plenty of plants, memory retention goes up twenty percent. In the office environment, this can mean employees giving more confident presentations and taking less time to learn new processes and procedures.

Flowers are naturally soothing and help you harness the power of positive energy to feel better. People who live and work in spaces with plenty of flowers are less likely to suffer from depression. The beauty of the flowers helps to create a positive and happy mood that can translate to a more positive mindset. In fact, studies conducted in hospitals over the last thirty years have shown that the presence of ornamental shrubs and flowers can reduce the time it takes for patients to heal.

The smells of certain plants can also have a calming effect. Mint, jasmine and eucalyptus are all known to have a relaxing effect on people who smell their distinctive fragrances. These smells are also associated with a fresh, clean environment, giving visitors to your space a good first impression from the time they enter.

If you want to create an interior landscape in your business that encourages health and wellbeing among your employees, Plant Solutions can help you. Our expert team can help with planning and installation of  the right plants for you. Contact us at 480.585.8501 for help with the design, engineering and installation of your indoor landscape in Scottsdale.

How you can apply the principles of biophilic design to your office space

How you can apply the principles of biophilic design to your office space

Designing an office space that promotes health and wellness might not be at the forefront of your mind, but there are good reasons to consider how your office space makes your employees feel. Incorporating natural elements as the central focus points of your design can minimize the number of sick days your employees take, increase productivity and even decrease employee turnover. People naturally enjoy coming to work in a calming environment that promotes well being and good health. This can translate to thousands of dollars saved over the course of a year for a larger organization with many employees on site.

What is a Biophilic Interior Design?

A biophilic interior design is one that incorporates natural elements as central parts of the design to help employees and sometimes customers feel connected with nature. Check out our recent blog on How To Incorporate Indoor Landscaping Into Your Designs to find out more about what biophilia is and what the principles of biophilic design are. Keeping these elements in mind as you plan your commercial space can influence many aspects of the building process, including placement of key elements like windows, light fixtures and how plumbing systems will be put into power water features or feed plants.

“People naturally enjoy coming to work in a calming environment that promotes wellbeing and good health. This can translate to thousands of dollars saved over the course of a year for a larger organization with many employees on site.”

Incorporating a Living Green Wall into Your Office

One of the best ways to incorporate plants in a visually striking way within a commercial space is a living green wall. This is a garden that grows vertically along a portion of a wall or the full surface of a wall. A living green wall creates a large focal point and allows for a lot of plant life to be incorporated into a small space. When incorporated into a communal space, like a break room or entryway, the green wall can be enjoyed by any employee at their convenience.

Simple Ways to Complement a Biophilic Design

Simple Ways To Complement a Biophilic Design

Adding a few other natural touches to an
office that has been enhanced with biophilic
design can make a workplace more comfortable.

There are several small ways to complement the larger biophilic elements you incorporate, including:

  • Incorporating white noise into the office.

    This allows your employees to block out interoffice chatter and focus on the natural elements in the space. A densely populated office space can get noisy very fast, which can irritate and distract your employees. This is especially true in open-plan office spaces, a kind of design that is seeing a surge in popularity across the country. These designs purposely include communal spaces to encourage collaboration. While these kinds of offices are seen to encourage creativity and team building, they can also result in increased noise levels. Studies have shown that noise based distractions can cause workers to lose up to 86 minutes’ worth of productivity each day. By piping in white noise, which mimics the sound of natural airflow, you can minimize distraction and encourage employees to immerse themselves in the natural elements you provide.

  • Choose textiles and décor elements that play into a natural theme.

    Select wall and floor colors inspired by colors in nature, like the neutral beige of a sandy beach, the deep blue of an ocean wave or the vibrant green of a thriving forest. Choose natural textiles, like bamboo, raffia, and cotton, wherever possible to encourage employees to feel immersed in nature. You can also choose artwork that features natural landscapes for important focal points inside the office space.

  • Keep windows and other glass surfaces clean to allow as much natural light as possible to come through.

    This is especially key in winter months when many office workers spend the scant daylight hours indoors and are greeted by darkness shortly after they leave work.

These extra steps combined with the addition of some natural plant life can really make the workplace more tolerable and welcoming for every employee. Even though the effort seems like it might not be worth it, imagine if every employee was more productive. Realistically, you will find that this can increase your profit margins significantly.

Choosing an Indoor Landscaping Company with Experience

Plant Solutions can help you install a living
green wall today!

As an experienced indoor landscaping company, Plant Solutions can assist with incorporating biophilia into your office space. We can offer you design concepts and advice on which plants will work best in the space you have. We also offer horticultural services. This means that we can setup the living green wall and other plant installations as well as handle the after care of those plants. These amenities include trimming, watering, and plant health care. Contact us at 480.585.8501 and find out more about how we can help you create a biophilic design that your employees will enjoy.

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