Our researcher Long Xie was supported by the Nessling Foundation with a grant for his post-doc project. Xie aims to enhance cities’ resilience when facing challenges caused by climate change by an outdoor greenwall. The outdoor greenwall will, for instance, restrain and filter the flow of urban runoff. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the University of Helsinki and InnoGreen.
A rainforest rising to the ceiling, moss climbing along surfaces, and colourful plants settled on a pillar. A green wall revolution is taking place – what could be more awesome? Once the dream of a green plant wall has formed, the search for the suitable green wall lies ahead. Where to start?
The MOW Supernova Collaboration Office in Tampere offers communal, relaxing yet efficient workspaces. MOW’s interior was designed by our partner Mint & More and we were delighted to be involved in the design and implementation of the green interior of the futuristic space.Mint & More’s CEO, Interior Designer Roosa Riski and our greenery designer Suvi Helin took up the challenge of creating a cozy retrofuturistic entity that supports current and future ways of working. The starting points for the design were ecology, durability, experience and memorability.MOW Supernova’s coworking space has been designed to disrupt the image and atmosphere of a traditional office work environment. “To support the impression, we wanted to place a lot of green plants in the space, and also integrate them with custom made furniture solutions. Green plants bring expression, peace and diversity to the space,” says Katariina Heikkilä, Head of Hub & Community at MOW Supernova.“Green plants are an essential part of the comfort and ambience of the premises. From the outset, it was clear that investments were being made in green furnishings in this place. The design of the building is challenging for green plants as there are many windowless spaces. However, we believe that our vision was well implemented and InnoGreen’s expertise was tremendously helpful in the design process, “says Roosa Riski.“There are only a limited number of plants that can survive in little light, and even though the plant walls can be easily illuminated, lighting individual potted plants requires considerably more work. This is where high quality silk plants are favored, so you don’t have to compromise on greenery,” says our designer Suvi Helin. Surprising details In particular, the large plant roof of the Baikonur conference room has attracted attention and collected praise. “It brings serenity to the space and fits in well with its harmonious color scheme. The space has been used not only for meetings and group work, but also for weekly morning yoga,” says Katariina Heikkilä. Combining the plants and the needed technology required both cooperation and expertise. The result is natural, yet spectacular, and a good example of what all green décor can do these days. “I am very pleased with the final result and glad that there is a demand for diverse implementations. Silk plants are easy to play with, not even the ceiling is the limit, “says our designer Suvi Helin.Custom made wood frames partition the workstations while vine plants and hanging plants bring privacy. These carefully selected plants live their own lives growing and sprouting.One of MOW’s prides is its S-shaped sofa, in which a variety of plants have been integrated. When integrating plants, the conditions of the space and the purpose of use must be broadly taken into account. In addition, past experience and effective collaboration with a furniture manufacturer can be of great help in practical implementation.The facilities offer inspiration, and the small details that set MOW Supernova apart from other places have received special praise. Both interior design and green decor offer insights and will continue to fascinate for a long time ahead.
Plants have been shown to have enormous physiological and psychological benefits. Green plants, among other things, increase our work efficiency and alertness. They also soothe the mind, make us more relaxed and feel more comfortable. In addition, contact with nature helps us recover from stress and lowers our blood pressure. Green decors have a positive impact on our well-being and work.We are constantly evaluating our surrounding space. We try to avoid unpleasant places and like to be close to nature. A view of the nature alone improves our mood, efficiency and positively changes the electric functions in our brains. Experiencing and observing nature restores focus and improves productivity.Plants support our well-being in an instant, but also in the long run. Nature’s own elements stimulate our subconscious. That’s why we feel healthier and have a greater sense well-being among plants, both at home and in the office.Indoor vegetation can influence the physical characteristics of a space such as its acoustics and how the space is divided. Plants can also be used to create contrasts or coziness. Through biophilic design, natural and sheltered “habitats” can be created in large and spacious places in order to promote wellbeing. - Mikko Sonninen, Founder, InnoGreenWhile plants can create spectacular and memorable visual experiences, selected plants influence our senses and feelings in many other ways. The natural scent of the plants enhances human emotions and evokes emotions. In addition, plants of different colors make us feel differently.A green office commits employees to their work At its best, the green décor adapts to the color scheme and furnishings in a way that supports the story and purpose of the space. Whether it is an office, shop, restaurant or other space, green interior design is a planned entity that serves and brightens the users of the space each and every day.A green office commits employees to their work. Surrounded by green plants, employees focus on their work at a physical, cognitive and emotional level. A comfortable work environment improves the focus and performance of employees when performing challenging tasks, in addition to improving overall feeling of wellbeing.When we feel good, we do better. Our well-being is also reflected in the people around us, such as colleagues and customers. When we feel good, we are more productive, creative and spontaneous. Well-being and satisfaction at work are influenced by many factors, many of which can be influenced by the employer. The work environment plays a significant role in satisfaction.A workplace that supports well-being cuts sick leaves, promotes recruitment and retains good employees. When investing in comfort, positive changes in the staff can be seen and it affects the company’s performance. The employee feels committed to the company and its mission. When well-being at work is part of the company’s strategy, managers and leaders also feel responsible for employee well-being. Employees who feel good build a prosperous company.Sources for this blog post: Why plants in the office make us more productive. University of Exeter.Varjo Johanna, Hongisto Valtteri, Haapakangas Annu, Maula Henna, Keränen Jukka, Hakala Jarkko, Koskela Hannu, Oliva David (2013) Avotoimiston sisäympäristön ja sisustuksen vaikutus kognitiiviseen suoriutumiseen ja viihtyvyyteenVisuri Susanna, Saarni Heikki, Niemi Leena, Wibom Henri, Hämäläinen Riitta (2013) Hyvinvoiva yrittäjä - hyvinvoiva yritys.Salonen Heidi, Lappalainen Sanna, Lahtinen Marjaana, Nevala Nina, Lehtelä Jouni, Knibbs Luke, Morawska Lidia, Reijula Kari (2011) Sisäympäristön parantava ja elvyttävä vaikutus hyvinvointipalvelutiloissa - kirjallisuuskatsaus