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The mere insertion of plants into the built environment can enhance comfort, satisfaction, well- being and performance.

Biophilic Design

Office Lightwell Green Wall, St James

  • London, United Kingdom
  • 2014
  • For Faithdean
  • 35m2

Project Details

  • Lightwell Green Wall
  • Plants suited to low light levels
  • Adds greenery to basement level office

As part of a major refurbishment of the lower ground floor area of Cleveland House in St. James Square, London, Biotecture worked with Faithdean PLC to install this new living wall within the lightwell overlooking an office area. The office is located within a basement, meaning the living wall introduces a large area of greenery and a focal point of interest to the otherwise barren space. Bringing plants into an office has shown to improve employee productivity and boost general wellbeing, due to the natural affinity humans have with plants, known as 'biophilia'. To learn more about the benefits of plants in indoor spaces you can visit our 'Indoor Living Wall Benefits' page. The low light levels meant selecting the correct plants was key. All of the species within the wall are hardy and tolerant of the shady conditions. The design consists of vertical waves of certain species, between a matrix of ferns and ivy. The green foliage is punctuated with the purple leaves of Heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ and ‘Dale’s Strain’. Grasses in the sedge family were selected to add interesting texture and the various green shades in the foliage play with light and shadow in the artificially lit space designed to mimic natural daylight for the benefit of people working inside the building.