The architecture of the Pantheon is mesmerizing! While sacred geometry instills a sense of grandeur, the eye is directed upward toward a single opening that floods the awe-inspiring space with light. In addition to letting sunlight in, it keeps what could have been a cavernous building connected to the natural world.

This simple ocular feature ensures Pantheon occupants are in tune with the movement of the sun and, therefore, their own circadian rhythms.

the eye is directed upward toward a single opening that floods the awe-inspiring space with light. Source: Houzz

All eyes are directed upward toward a single opening that floods the Pantheon’s awe-inspiring hall with light. Source: Houzz

Office Design: Skylights + Windows = Natural Light  and Increased Productivity

While skylights are more common in residential architecture, there is a distinct lack of them at the office. In fact, there’s a lack of natural lighting in most office designs, which is a shame because natural light is integral to human health, happiness, and productivity.

In Psychology Today, Christopher Bergland accurately describes the situation as “the discombobulated feeling of being stuck in a windowless room under fluorescent lights during daylight hours.” It’s enough to make you sick – literally.

In a series of studies, workers in offices with natural lighting fared better than those with only fluorescent lights.  Source: morgueFile

In a series of studies, workers in offices with natural lighting fared better than those with only fluorescent lights. Source: morgueFile

Researchers at the Interdepartmental Neuroscience program at Northwestern University in Chicago recently released findings about the universally detrimental impact of working in a windowless environment. Compared with their fluorescent counterparts, workers in offices with windows fared better overall. Consider these statistics regarding employees who sit near windows:

Happier and healthier workers are more productive. This should be enough evidence to shift the way we view natural lighting in office design.

At Leslie Saul & Associates, we can get started on a workplace design where natural light flourishes, facilitating health, happiness, and productivity.

At Leslie Saul & Associates, we can get started on a workplace design where natural light flourishes, facilitating health, happiness, and productivity.

Would you like to design your workspace or remodel your existing office to increase the amount of natural light? Contact Leslie Saul & Associates so our team can get started on an office design that facilitates health, happiness, and productivity.