Assessing the Implementation of Biophilic Design Strategies in Selected office Buildings in Lagos State, Nigeria
E.B. Aduwo1, O.O. Akinwole2
1O.O. Akinwole *, Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.
2E.B. Aduwo, Architecture, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.
Manuscript received on April 11, 2020. | Revised Manuscript received on May 15, 2020. | Manuscript published on June 30, 2020. | PP: 292-295 | Volume-9 Issue-5, June 2020. | Retrieval Number: D8468049420/2020©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.D8468.069520
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Abstract: With the ever-increasing rate of urbanization and organisations opting to discard biophilic designs for minimalist designs at the detriment of productivity, the natural environment has been cast-off as a critical feature in determining the quality of human life. It has been discovered that there is an innate desire for human beings to connect with nature, which is being described as biophilia. Thus, organisations are seeking innovative measures of integrating the natural environment into the workplace as it has been proven to enhance well-being and productivity while saving cost. The study area, Lagos state is a densely populated city whose rise in population has been poorly managed with increasing pollution levels that reduce the quality of life, which is why it is imperative for organisations to create a sustainable environment that enhances work activities. To this end, this study seeks to evaluate the implementation of biophilic design strategies in selected office buildings in Lagos, Nigeria. Data is obtained using questionnaires and analysed using both content analysis for qualitative data and descriptive statistics for quantitative data. Purposive sampling was used to select the buildings that were studied while the respondents were selected by means of the stratified sampling technique. The findings reveal that daylight is the most implemented biophilic design strategy. The benefits of biophilic integration have been reviewed, as well as areas for future research. With more attention being placed on conducive workplace environment this research helps to ascertain the most utilized biophilic design strategy and how it can be easily incorporated in buildings.
Keywords: Biophilia, Biophilic design, Office, Productivity