Kamal Meattle is an Indian environmental activist and CEO of Paharpur Business Centre, which is sometimes called “the healthiest building” in New Delhi, India. Ten years ago during his TEDx talk he showed how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.
You’ve already got potted plants at your office, and green vertical walls and trees on your rooftop terrace. So what next? Now you need to install moss at your workplace. As much as you can! Taking its green tufts as a brush, you can compose a variety of pictures, decorations, and wall logos.
Jan Kurz and his wife Zuzana founded KURZ Architects studio three years ago, after finishing their degrees. They design houses and commercial spaces that have won awards in competitions assessing the leading edge in Czech office design. The pair themselves, meanwhile, have “escaped” the city and live in solitude among the Novohradské hills.
Architect Pavel Kříž created offices for Petr Rokůsek’s companies that won awards in both domestic competitions that assess the interiors of working spaces. When you ride up to the sixth floor of the new DRN building on Národní třída in the center of Prague, you’re entering a forest, where the businessmen and programmers of Nano Energies are hard at work.
In the last few years, beekeeping in the Czech Republic has become a fashionable affair—one that’s flown in from the countryside to Prague. You can find hives on the balconies of apartment buildings and the roofs of banks, hotels, and shopping centers. They’re keeping bees on the roof of the National Theater, and a “smart” hive will be installed above the offices of the Praga Studios administrative building in Karlín.
From living green walls to mega complexes like Amazon’s recently opened Spheres imitating rain forest, the green office is believed to further enhance productivity and creativity of city-dwellers inside the office “cage”.