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Before we attempt to remake spaces with organic elements and call it biophilia, we have to understand its value.

“It’s in the workplace that we can most accurately measure the real benefit of biophilic design,” Oliver Heath, founder of Oliver Heath design. “It’s where it’s been proven to reduce costs, with things like absenteeism and staff turnover, and improve outcomes, [with respect to] creativity, productivity and engagement.”

In an interview with Frame magazine, Heath explains that creating a biophilic space takes more than a few plants. As multi-sensory spaces, they need to be flexible enough to adapt to the needs of the people inhabiting it, “whether it’s through furniture or walls, to interact with plants, and greenery or changing spaces.”

Learn more in Heath’s interview with Frame magazine here.