Corporate landscape design should take into account your corporate image and how users interact with your building and landscape. Amazon’s Spheres meeting rooms reportedly feature 400 different species of plants. Apple has planted over 8,000 trees on its California campus.
Chances are your landscaping budget is a little smaller than theirs.
Rather than being awed and overwhelmed by such displays, make plans that will work for your corporate space, indoors and out. Work with professionals who can make suggestions to maximize your work space, inside and out. They can also help you plan to implement features in phases, minimizing disruption while maximizing your investment and the benefits.
Beautiful, Practical Corporate Landscape Possibilities
Inhale, close your eyes, and exhale a few preconceived notions: an office building doesn’t have to look boxy, dark, stark, or sterile. (Inhale again.)
Instead, it can look green, natural, and inviting. Ah-hhh. Are you getting the picture? A well-planned landscape can not only co-exist with a productive workplace, it can foster that productivity. Brainstorm for a while to consider how to make that happen in your corporate landscape.
- Maybe parking areas can include exercise or meditation areas. As a bonus, features like these are often seen as employee perks. And, with the right design, they, they can be very easy to maintain.
- What if your outdoor spaces allowed for small, comfortable (and productive) meetings? Hello, intradepartmental environmental collaboration area!
- Exterior plantings and landscape design can be used to highlight the visual elements of your building (like signs and logos) that you want to feature prominently in your company image, and minimize or even camouflage those you’d rather not call attention to.
- Can you encourage your employees to get up and walk more by creating a walking path around your building or through your campus?
Working with the Environment
The Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California, is a landscape with a futuristic twist – orchards surround the spaceship-shaped building, and greenspace fills the office’s round midsection. Of course, plant selection is just as important as the layout. The fruit trees and other plantings the tech giant chose are all water efficient and planned to fit – or more accurately, bring back – the natural landscape.
Smaller companies can take a cue from Apple by incorporating native bushes, trees and other plants in their corporate landscapes. Not only is a landscape plan that includes hearty natives environmentally sound, it’s also fiscally responsible. As always, working with nature rather than against it offers many benefits. Some of them even look good on your bottom line: your landscape will require less water, fewer chemicals and overall lower maintenance needs.
Creating a plan that will make wise use of water, natural shade is important, even in Boston. But in an area that’s likely to be snowy and cold for about half of the year, what else can you do? With the right plan, you can create natural barriers that will block wind and reduce snow accumulation on walkways and near entrances. Evergreen foliage and vines can also create living walls that offer a visual break from other nearby developments.
Ornamental grasses, small trees,
Savvy Employers Bring it In, Too
Studies have shown that people who work in environments with live plants report higher levels of wellbeing, productivity,
What’s not to love?