Adding water features to common stressful environments aids in reducing anxiety by the natural calming effects they provide.
In the hustle and bustle of the average day of a corporate businessman, there is often enough tension, stress, and angst to make even the most centered CEO lose his or her composure. That is why many of the Fortune 500 corporate offices are designed to be calming oases for the men and women who spend so much of their time at the office. Many architects and designers are considering the addition of a water feature to the boardrooms and office spaces of the corporate world. A simple water fountain, like the above, can be placed at either the outside or inside of the entrance of an office building, depending on the size of the foyer. The comforting sounds of flowing water are an excellent way to promote relaxation and calmness both to visitors, employees, and corporate officers. Even a smaller feature can be restful and reposeful when included in an office or a hallway. As Annie Tucker Morgan says, “Whether it’s a babbling brook, waves breaking onshore, the steady rush of a waterfall, or the drumming of a rain shower, the sound of water is unprecedented in its ability to calm our jangled nervesâ€¦” This is especially true in the rather cold brick and mortar business settings that are the signature of most cities in North America. Anything that can sooth, soften, and naturalize a work setting is a welcome addition that can actually increase the productivity and brainpower of the workers and visitors to the building. Another benefit is that clients and customers who visit an office are most certainly affected by the addition of this liquid element, even if they do not realize it. The installation of such a lovely design can make a visitor feel comfortable and welcome, if only viscerally. When the costumer recognizes that the company is in tune with his or her well-being, the customer relaxes and feels at home. A company should be ready to go the extra mile to create relaxing surroundings. The natural sound of flowing water adds a soothing ambiance and sense of calm to a business setting.
The more contemporary installation above is perfect for the lobby of a corporate office building. As the water glides down the flat pane of glass, it evokes the ripples of a running stream or sheets of rain water falling on a window. The transparency of the pane of glass adds the elements of color and diffused light to the overall effect of the water movement, and the change as the light from outside shines and then diminishes can be enjoyed by those who pass by it. The sunlight enhancements of the day will be followed by soft glow of artificial lighting in the evening.
This feature in the lobby of a Chicago office building above will not only allow visitors to enjoy the calming effect of moving water but will also allow them interact with the element of playfulness incorporated in this unusual fountain area. Without a doubt, it brings a smile to the faces of those who step out of the frantic pace of a busy Chicago-style business day. The pleasant impression on pedestrians who are fortunate enough to enter these doors will be one they will take with them. A water feature can also be used as a vehicle for branding a business. The addition of the name or the logo of the company into the design of the water feature can be especially classy.
The custom-made water feature below is an excellent example of form and function combining to make a strong impression on clients and workers.
Although it is not difficult to think of a business type that would benefit by adding some water installation, the poster child for this addition might be a doctor’s office. Because so many people have fear of visiting the doctor, many doctor’s offices should try to add a water element. How calming and relaxing falling water can be for the mind and spirit! Imagine meditating on the aural and visual elements of water while you wait to be seen. We have been conditioned from the time of our birth to connect with water on a very primal level. After birth most babies are relaxed by a warm, soapy bath. So, it is easy to deduce that water has a calming effect, especially for a waiting room, treatment room, or entrance. It is understandable why office designers are picking up on the benefit of integrating water art into offices. It is a fascinating and authenticated truth that water as a design addition has many positive attributes. Perhaps, all work spaces will eventually join the trend and understand the benefits of cool, still, running, bubbling, falling, and vibrant water.