Nature by Design: How Capexus Integrates Biophilic Elements into Commercial Spaces

In the modern indoor-centric world, incorporating elements of nature into workspaces is increasingly crucial. Our member, Capexus, explores applicable strategies and trends to incorporate natural elements into spaces.

This approach not only respects nature, but also keeps pace with contemporary design trends, blending natural elements with built environments to help with human wellbeing.

Understanding Biophilic Design

Biophilic design merges natural elements with built environments. It incorporates direct elements from nature such as plants, water, and natural light, along with indirect elements like natural materials and patterns. Martin Židek, Co-Head of Architecture at Capexus commented; “Such interiors are harmonious with nature and therefore closer to humans. They support our health and well-being, reduce energy and material consumption, and enhance biodiversity. As a result, they contribute to sustainability.”

The Importance of Biophilic Design

Studies show that biophilic design significantly improves physical and mental health. Work environments that include natural elements can lead to reduced stress, enhanced mood, and increased productivity and satisfaction. Given the urban-centric lifestyles we lead today, reconnecting with nature is essential for supporting our health and well-being.

Capexus’s Approach to Biophilic Design

Martin Židek explains Capexus’ approach; “We integrate live plants, green walls and water features into the design of offices, which not only improve the aesthetics of the space, but also contribute to cleaner air and increased humidity, which has a positive effect on the health of employees.” Furthermore, the use of natural materials like wood and stone adds warmth and sustainability to the interiors.

Capexus has also innovated with multisensory experiences by incorporating audio systems that play natural sounds and aromatherapy in relaxation areas, such as the "Zen garden". Alexandra Tomášková, Chief Commercial Officer at Capexus added; “Our portfolio includes projects where we have taken biophilic design to the next level by using sound systems and audio recordings from the natural environment in combination with aromatherapy. So, for example, in the battery charging area called the Zen garden you can relax to the sound of a tropical forest, the sound of the sea or the tones of Tibetan bowls or the sounds of a gong”

Moreover, Capexus implemented a River Corner lobby, which integrates massive granite blocks to evoke a riverbed and won the Recepce roku 2023 award. Similarly, the LMC offices, adorned with flowering sakura, clinched the top position in the Kanceláře roku 2022 in the IT Office category.

Benefits and Challenges

Biophilic design offers numerous advantages, including increased productivity and improved health. Michaela Hoďánková, Founder and Managing Director of Flower Company, supports this, noting; “As humans, we have been in the wild for millions of years and have been an immediate part of it. Our lives have changed with breath-taking speed, but evolution is not so fast. Every little piece of nature we put back into our lives has a beneficial effect on us. Green is a calming colour. Studies show that greenery in offices reduces stress levels, brings more energy, cleans the air, improves acoustics, helps create a friendlier atmosphere, even increases productivity by 15%”

Capexus uses biophilic design to create commercial spaces that are both innovative and sustainable. This approach helps improve employee well-being and efficiency. Capexus handle the integration of elements and functionality, so clients don’t have to. The result is work environments that are not only visually appealing but in harmony with nature.

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