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Nature in the office : An environmental assessment study

Evensen, Katinka H.; Raanaas, Ruth K.; Hägerhäll, Caroline M. LU ; Johansson, Maria LU and Patil, Grete G. (2017) In Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 34(2). p.133-146
Abstract

Passively viewing nature may promote psychological restoration relevant for office work. The objective of this paper is to explore how natural elements in the indoor work environment are experienced. An on-site assessment with between-subjects design (n = 56) and a photo-based assessment with a crossover design (n = 46) compared three interiors of a windowed office setting with either plants, inanimate objects, or no added objects. Semantic environmental assessments were used, including a work-scenario task. Both studies indicated that the setting with plants was assessed more favorably than the setting without added objects. In the photobased study, the interior with plants was perceived as more fascinating and produced a more positive... (More)

Passively viewing nature may promote psychological restoration relevant for office work. The objective of this paper is to explore how natural elements in the indoor work environment are experienced. An on-site assessment with between-subjects design (n = 56) and a photo-based assessment with a crossover design (n = 46) compared three interiors of a windowed office setting with either plants, inanimate objects, or no added objects. Semantic environmental assessments were used, including a work-scenario task. Both studies indicated that the setting with plants was assessed more favorably than the setting without added objects. In the photobased study, the interior with plants was perceived as more fascinating and produced a more positive emotional state conducive for work productivity than either of the other interiors; the interior with plants was also the preferred work environment in the photo-based study. The results are discussed within the framework of Stress Recovery Theory and Attention Restoration Theory. Issues regarding the use of a multi-method approach are also addressed. Understanding how natural elements indoors are experienced has an important role to play in restorative environmental design research.

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  author       = {Evensen, Katinka H. and Raanaas, Ruth K. and Hägerhäll, Caroline M. and Johansson, Maria and Patil, Grete G.},
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  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {133--146},
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  title        = {Nature in the office : An environmental assessment study},
  volume       = {34},
  year         = {2017},
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