Healthy Work-Life Balance: The Antidote to Toxic Office Space

© SelgasCano

By Kimberley Mok | Treehugger

Adding green plants to offices not only enlivens what might otherwise be dull and sterile spaces, but has also been proven to increase productivity, lowing stress and improving morale. Spanish firm SelgasCano (previously) obviously got the memo, sprucing up this new, open-plan co-working space in Lisbon, Portugal with 1,000 plants of varying sizes, creating a space that not only looks vibrant, but also helping to purify the air and dampen background noise.


© SelgasCano


© SelgasCano

Seen over at Designboom, the Second Home Lisboa co-working space is located in a steel-framed building that dates back to 1892. Once historically a market, there is still a large supermarket in operation on the ground floor, which the 12,000-square-foot co-working space overlooks. The design concept focuses on creating a more “domestic” feel, using a diversity of different chairs, tables with an organically curving form, with the plants themselves giving a bit of visual privacy amongst members.


Architect Lucia Cano explains the layout, which also includes an advanced radiant heating and cooling system:

Two completely different spaces have been created in the given L-shaped plan: the main working space where the long table sits, and the café lounge area. Both designed to be distinct and even opposite spaces: one for people to work and another for people to relax, talk and unwind. Each space with a totally different ambience and personality.


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