Psychology of Space: What Should Business Look, Smell and Feel Like?

How does your workplace feel to you? The spaces we occupy shape who we are and and how we behave, which directly influences our psychological well-being and creative performance — and the success of business.

GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC‘s insight:

Recently, Google released its plans for a new London headquarters, set to open in 2016, which will occupy a space of one million square feet and house an outdoor swimming pool, a full-length indoor football field, a climbing wall and a roof garden — showing that the search engine giant takes its spaces seriously.

Googlers will have all their recreation needs met at work. They’ll be able to ride their bicycles into the building’s bike storage room, take a shower in the on-site facilities and ride around the building on micro-scooters. There will also be plenty of wide open space to use for networking and collaborating with others, in addition to the open-plan desk space to work autonomously.

The new Google space will provide more flexibility and room for relaxation and enjoyment — a way to create contented and happy employees who will perform better and stick with the company longer.

Creating a cultural hearth drives connection

A study by architectural historian Charles Rice, “The Emergence of the Interior,” found there was great importance in the understanding and implementation of interior design psychology on the performance, efficiency and well-being of an individual. 

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