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.
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.
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:
- They received 173% more white light exposure during working hours.
- They slept an average of 46 minutes more per night.
- They reported higher scores in regards to quality of life, physical health, and vitality.
Happier and healthier workers are more productive. This should be enough evidence to shift the way we view natural lighting in office design.
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.