Archify Celebrates: 6 healthy workplace designs
Considering we spend most of our waking hours at work, quality workplace design is essential to our mental and physical health. Healthy workplaces have been proven to reduced absenteeism, increase productivity and improved overall well-being. Let’s take a look at 6 healthy workplace designs for improved employee well-being.
What: Slack HQ: A workplace inspired by nature
Where: San Francisco, US
Why we love this: Slack’s CEO loves the outdoors and often hikes various forests, mountains and deserts along the Pacific Crest Trail. O+A has beautifully created an evocation of those landscapes creating an experiential link between hiking and work, blurring the lines between work and play.
What: Medibank Place: One of the healthiest workplaces in the world
Who: Hassell Studio
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Why we love this: Medibank considers the mental and physical well-being of its employees very important which is displayed through their aspiration to create the world’s healthiest workplace. Medibank Place is one giant wellness hub, encouraging activity and collaboration through a multipurpose sports court, an edible garden, a demonstration kitchen, central stair and more than 26 types of work settings to choose from.
What: Panoramic Gardens of the CCIS
Who: Sadar + Vuga
Where: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Why we love this: The office features an interior winter garden which is housed in a spatial ribbon which carries troughs and baskets of lush tropical greenery. This ‘green ribbon’ fills the office bringing the outdoors inside.
What: MGB HQ
Who: Spacefiction Studio
Where: Hyderbad, India
Why we love this: The colourful external shading screen system creates a balcony layer which all occupants can enjoy and provides the opportunity for employees to open the windows for cross ventilation and fresh air.
What: 0219 GHTK Office
Who: iplus Architecture
Why we love this: The large office space is divided using various domes inspired by the bamboo pipe structure creating an organic and comforting atmosphere. Biophilic design principles are utilized, evident in the use of local mini-bamboo trees, planter pots, natural light and natural materials such as oak and rattan.
What: Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation HQ
Who: People’s Architecture Office
Where: Beijing, China
Why we love this: This office understands the importance of physical activity. Employees are encouraged to walk along the loop track while on call or tend to plants in the suspended planter above containing vegetables and herbs. There is an advanced air filtration system and the indoor air quality is regularly collected, monitored and displayed in real time above the running track.