Four ways to build a green office

by Natasha Starkell | 14.01.2014 | plants , design , office , architecture , green | 0 comments | Rating: 2 votes

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It’s about time that drab, grey offices become a thing of the past. So here are four examples of extraordinary green office design.

We’ve talked before about what a difference plants can make to office workers’ well-being. But far from adding a token peace lily, these three amazing buildings have gone one step further to make plants the centre of the building – and we love them!

  1. The centrepiece

Random Studio has an interior that is absolutely filled (and sometimes seemingly arranged around) plants! It was designed by Xander Vervoort and Leon Van Boxtel of X+L Studio, who told us that

“In this case the brief was very clear: "we want lots of plants!" So it became part of the design… we took out tiles to make holes in which we could create little gardens filled with all type of plants; ones that are not too hard to take care of and that look a bit messy - so not your everyday office plants (lots of ferns and moss, some tropical plants and some succulents). People who work there really seem to enjoy it!”

The studio owner Daan Lucas tells us:  “I have the interns take care of the plants. :-)” – Internships at Random Studios looks like a tough job then.


  1. Walled garden

Buck O’Neill Builders built a positive bright commercial office environment designed to maximise employee productivity through the integration of an air filtration system with a twist – an interior bio-filter or living wall that incorporates plants like spider plants, dracaena deremensis, calathea and pothos to create a healthier working environment.


  1. Totally potty

The Stacking Green house, built by Vo Trong Nghia Architects for a couple in their thirties, used a - series of plants between 25cm and 40cm in height - like dust dracaena and balsaminaceae - in long parallel planters which have automatic irrigation for easy maintenance. The façade protects inhabitants from direct sunlight, street noise and pollution and could be a great option for an office facing onto busy streets.


  1. Dirt Snake

At the offices of the software development company Quick Left, the architecture and general contracting company tres birds workshop introduced the garden ‘dirt snake’. The office space is divided in three eco ones. One is filled with rosemary, aloes and bougainvillea, another one is filled with English ivy, money trees and groundcover plants. The garden next to the kitchen contains, conveniently, edible herbs such as basil, coriander and leaf salads. According to the founder of tres birds Mike Moore, to make sure plants do well in the indoor environment, a west-side location has been selected so that the plants receive direct light in the afternoon. The plants receive a proper soil mix and drainage, drip irrigation and air movement to avoid molds and aphids. Once a quarter struggling plants are replaced with new ones. 

Natasha Starkell
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