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Overlooking the Landscape

The studies of Edward O Wilson consistently show that when people are asked to describe the ideal location for their home or workplace, they cite being able to look out over a landscape as one of the top three most important factors. Perhaps this is because, in our natural habitat, we instinctively feel safe and secure by being able to see any threats and guard your resources. Recreating the illusion of overlooking a landscape from a position of height isn’t easy in an open-plan space, and even more difficult if you are dealing with cellular offices or cubicles. 

These tips will help create the impression that you are looking across your interior landscape.

  • Create an illusion - Depending on the layout of your office space, you can create a sense of perspective by using tall plants at one end and progressively using shorter and shorter plants the further away you get. By bringing the view from beyond the windows into play, you can really create an effect of overlooking the landscape

  • Plant an atrium - In many tall buildings, office workers look out over an atrium rather than to the outside. This is usually from a vantage point several floors above the ground level. This is a great chance to provide a view over a landscape. This provides a number of obvious aesthetic and psychological benefits associated with the presence of nature indoors. And did you know that high-quality planting in atriums can play a useful role in controlling the indoor climate and air quality?

n deep-plan buildings (low rise but covering a large area), you might find a space near the centre of the building where you can install a green landscape. Then those people furthest away from a window can reconnect with nature.

Green building rating schemes, such as LEED and BREEAM, recognise that access to views is important. But sometimes this is not possible because of the location or layout of a building. However, it can be simulated inside a building by interior landscaping. The more plants you have, the greater the benefit of cooling and indoor air quality improvements.

Planting means users view areas as 17% more interesting, 16% more welcoming 11% less stressful, 11% more expensive and 8% quieter.


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