Here we reach the end of this month’s four-part series exploring the predicted trends in the office and workplace design and construct industry for 2019. We have discussed the trends of experience-driven spaces, free-range cohabitation spaces, and old meets new; which are all expected to flourish within the new year. So, what else can we expect this year?
Biophilic Design as a Necessity
Plants and biophilic design is truly expected to reach its pinnacle within this year. No longer will it simply be “fashionable” to incorporate a pot plant here and there in the design, but the embedding of biophilia into the design philosophy and culture will extravagantly evolve into innovative and sustainable designs.
Biophilic design has already grown in popularity throughout 2018, however, it is predicted that the trend of biophilic design will become a standard practice, that will carry on throughout the ages as a necessity. This trend is soon to become as fundamental to any design project, just as much as windows and doors are.
Including this in our series of 2019 trends, is more of a testament to the staying power of plants within workplaces, and it also is proof that architectural and interior frameworks continue to evolve in many, many ways.
Features of great biophilic design within the workplace can include:
- Living green walls,
- Natural materials,
- Natural Lighting,
- Thermal comfort,
- High-quality ventilation and air, and
- Visual connections with nature.
This trend, along with the others discussed throughout the month, are simply four of many predicted to rise and evolve throughout 2019. We have seen each trend plant their seed in the past year, and it is exciting to witness each one become increasingly popular and regarded as a high priority.
What do you think will gain popularity within workplace design this year? We would love to hear your thoughts!
by Natassja Wynhorst