The interior decor incorporates the principles of biophilic design, inspired by the Nordic climate and natural environment. Timber, stone, leather and cork feature throughout the office’s surfaces and furnishings, and colours reflect the winter and the Nordic lights. Acoustic panels are covered in fabric depicting patterns from nature and there are plants everywhere as well as a green wall. The office has a variety of lighting, including spotlights desk lamps and pendulum luminaires, and occupants can control the lighting in their individual space to meet their needs. The overall lighting scheme has been designed to support the circadian rhythm, starting with a bright cold blue light in the morning, turning to warmer tones as the day progresses.
We reused 75% of the furniture from the previous office to minimise the environmental impact, having already phased out any materials that may release VOC emissions, with furnishings made from natural textiles such as leather or cotton.
We also paid considerable attention to the sound environment. Sound levels vary, from quiet areas where people can concentrate in silence to more noisy environments which encourage people to talk and cooperate with each other. In the reception area, relaxing music is played in the background, and we’ve observed that many employees choose to work in this space, where they find the atmosphere particularly soothing.
For Castellum, this demonstration of their commitment to the WELL principles is an important part of their brand. By applying WELL to their own workplace, they have the opportunity to experience at first hand the positive effects for their employees and subsequent benefits for their business, as well as demonstrating the opportunities and benefits of providing attractive workplaces that promote health and well-being.