Atmosphere at work –
One environment makes people anxious and competitive, while another brims with sociability and fosters cooperation.
Aesthetics change people’s attitudes and behavior from the outside in.
Ingrid Fetell Lee
According to the World Green Building Council, typical business operating expenses and staff costs account for 90% of total operating expenses, with rent and energy accounting for 9% and 1%, respectively. Numerous studies have shown significant increases in productivity with human-centric designs.
Without diving into the notion of human-centric designs that spans across a vast horizon of biophysical interactions between us and our environment, we all know from personal experience that the atmosphere or ambiance of the environment we spend time in, fundamentally impacts how we feel and function in that space.
So, why is that most of our offices are merely lifeless, uninspiring containers of furniture, computers and people?
Atmosphere is the experience of the space. It is orchestrated by the aggregate of present aesthetics. Designers consider aesthetics the properties that define the way objects look and feel and give rise to emotions and feelings.
The key components of our toolset:
With relatively minor but astute additions and alterations this experience can be effectively improved. These pictures reveal some of the strategies that can be applied to control and enhance certain aesthetics.