Research shows that natural scenery improves mood and productivity in the workplace. Architects and developers have been incorporating biophilic elements into their building design to enhance connectivity to the environment for years. Today, many progressive companies are instead bringing the indoors outside with outdoor office workspaces.
Outdoor offices enable employees to step outside and work, collaborate, brainstorm or unwind in a natural environment. Here are three creative outdoor office design ideas you can apply to your business!
Rooftop Office Garden
Many larger tech companies, including Facebook, are building rooftop park-like spaces where employees can work or relax in an outdoor setting. Rooftop gardens can reduce harmful carbon emissions and energy costs by providing building insulation. They also don’t require more real estate property! Rooftop workspaces can be furnished with collaborative outdoor tables and chairs, as well as benches.
Pop-Up Outdoor Workspace
L.L. Bean brings employees and indoor elements to the outdoors with its pop-up workspace. A pop-up workspace is sheltered by a roof and typically portable with wheels. The workspace is set up in an unused public outdoor space, such as a sidewalk, and equipped with tables, chairs, outlets and Wi-Fi. Outdoor pop-up spaces are perfect for open meetings or collective brainstorming sessions!
Backyard Office Shed
Many companies are shifting towards remote work business models or offering more flexibility when it comes to working from home. If you lack space in your home for an office setup, an outdoor office shed is an accommodating and affordable solution! A backyard office shed can eliminate the distractions of your home while providing a unique remote workspace. You can spruce up your outdoorsy office with beautiful planters and tasteful receptacles!