What do you think about the workplace? Is it a busy room, walls cluttered with memos or clusters of files piled up? Then have you ever thought about working under the forest or surrounded by plants? The Spheres is an immersive, nature-rich environment that offers a unique workplace typology to rejuvenate the mind and expand the boundaries of biophilic design. The Spheres is also a botanical conservatory that is worthy of more than 40,000 plants of 700 species of plants that emphasizes the conservation of the world’s tropical cloud forest. Being in it, you will feel like walking in the middle of the forest, including trees that reach more than 50 feet beside an orchid that can fit at your fingertips. Equipped with many informal meeting areas in a four-story glass building, anyone will feel comfortable and connected with others, enjoy the surrounding landscape, or just want to get some fresh air.
The design team studied Attention Restoration Theory to investigate what landscape qualities could offer the greatest benefits to health and well-being. We all know all associated with the work will lead to mental fatigue and stress. So, the qualities of the natural environment can make one feel good about attracting attention in an easy and unintentional way. Overall, The Spheres get close to nature and stimulate innovative thinking that invites curiosity, relieves stress and increases productivity.
The Spheres embraces interior landscapes to create a visitor experience that feels like they are in nature. You can go through the steps, walkways, bike paths and a variety of meeting areas that encourage you to explore ornamental plantings from various viewpoints, wide at some points but familiar elsewhere. The interior indulges your eyes with a tropical paradise, with an intellectual layer covering ethnobotany, conservation, and botanical science. The northern conservatory features collections from Central and South America.
Focusing on plants from Asian cloud forests, the Southern Conservatory features architectural plantations clad in marine grade aluminum. The raised bed invites a closer inspection and allows for a closer look at scale, while the large specimen gives a sense of scale and cover to the seating area below.
Architect | NBBJ
Structural Engineer | Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Lighting & Mechanical Engineer | WSP
As noted | Sean Airhart; Sean Airhart / NBBJ ; Stuart Isett ;