Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 65 May 2016 Contents Light affects how people perceive and appreciate a space, its
interior and its occupants.
Depending on what the activity requires, lighting can be used
to create spaces that appear more bright and open, or more
intimate and cozy.
Light also has a powerful impact on the mind and body,
affecting circadian rhythms and hormonal activity, which ultimately
affect quality of sleep, energy, mood, and productivity.
For the business office, incorporate more natural light into the
overall office environment and ensure workstations receive plenty of
Install flexible task lighting so that the individual can control
brightness and position of lighting source.
For computers, design the layout so that glare on monitors or
f lat screens is minimal.
Finally, consider implementing circadian lighting systems WH Y.
KEEP IT FLEXIBLE
Ensure workplace f lexibility through adjustable furnishings, such as
seating, adjustable height work surfaces, shelving, and display.
Create a variety of individual, group, and social interaction
spaces that let employees choose the workspace size, type,
furnishings, and technology that fit their immediate work needs.
BACK TO NATURE
Introduce elements of nature into the workspace. The concept of
biophilia suggests that humans have a biological need to connect
with nature on physical, mental, and social levels, which can affect
personal wellbeing, productivity, and societal relationships.
Those who work in environments that incorporate elements
of the natural environment, such as daylight and views outside,
report a 15 percent higher level of wellbeing than those who work in
environments devoid of nature.
Simply adding plants in the workplace can have a profound
effect on the improvement of mental health at work, not to mention
improving indoor air quality and alleviating respiratory issues.
Ensure as many areas as possible have a view to the outside and create
open plan areas to address people's affinity for wide, open spaces.
Design using natural materials and patterns that evoke nature.
TEACHING WELL WORKSPACE
The following is a useful guide to communicate to corporate clients
or local businesses that consult you in discussion on how to improve
wellbeing in their workplace.
Research shows that sounds from nature, such as birdsong
or rippling water, promote faster recovery from stressful tasks
compared with traffic and ambient building noise, such as air-
Additional research suggests that using pleasant sounds from
natural environments to mask background workplace noise could
decrease employee stress and increase worker productivity.
Noise distractions, however, pose challenges that can be
addressed through both design and policy. The following four
person-centred acoustic principles can be used to design various
spaces with differing acoustics and to clearly communicate
expectations for how to use those spaces:
Displace noise distraction. Provide both informal collaboration
spaces and spaces that provide quiet. Make it easy to distinguish
between these types of spaces (eg. café spaces for breakout meetings
versus phone-free desk areas resembling a library setting), and
make these spaces easy to access.
Avoid noise distraction. Refrain from creating areas that
generate noise (eg, hands-free speaker phones) in the midst of
areas where people need to concentrate. Also, locate noisier teams
apart from quieter teams. Since team members are more tolerant of
noise from their team members, be sure to co -locate them.
Reduce noise distraction. Manage density and acoustics. Lower
The cathedral-like ceilings at
One Spa allow for beautfiful natural
light to flood in and create a greater
sense of serenity and spaciousness
Gillian Adams' Salon and Spa in Turramurra, Sydney's second building:
Bonnnie Brae's upper floor has been lovingly restored as a private
stylish retreat, for guests time out, corporate guest meetings, private
celebrations or intimate gatherings. With gourmet meals by the in-house
chef and extensive library, the space caters to the ever changing and
developing needs of the spa's discerning clientele.
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