Refuge in a Modern World

Refuge in a Modern World

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Refuge in a Modern World

It's why People go to the Park to Relax

The craving for shelter and security is one of the most instinctive desires that humans have. It’s still with us, even though most of us now live in houses and work in cities. Studies have shown that people choose to sit among the shelter of indoor plants. We still have that basic need for refuge surrounded by foliage.

  • Shelter under the shade of a tall tree - Tall palms such as Adonidia (Veitchia merrillii) or the Alexander palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) can become an ideal place to shelter. Tall trunks raise graceful, arching fronds above the heads of those seated beneath. Ficus trees or black olives can be used in and around sofas and benches in lounges, breakout spaces, atriums and reception areas and are especially useful in places where relaxation is sought.

  • Create an indoor arbour or pergola - Trailing or climbing plants can be trained around a structure such as an arbour or pergola. This will remind people of a Mediterranean courtyard. These can be used in large, open indoor spaces such as atriums or reception areas.

  • Green walls or hedges - Perhaps large trees or bulky plants are impractical for you. Then a green wall could be the ideal alternative! Observational studies have shown that people choose to sit next to, or in front of, plants. Green walls are obvious natural space dividers.

    It is relatively easy to provide shelter and refuge with plants. This can be very beneficial in spaces such as break-out areas, lounges and staff restaurants. Plant displays can help create spaces that help to reduce stress, create privacy and aid relaxation.

  • Noise reduction - Plants can absorb sound, especially at high frequencies.

  • Wellbeing benefits - Plants can help to reduce negative moods by up to 50%. And they can even help reduce stress and blood pressure too!


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