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Straight from work to the savanna? Just call the elevator

Article September 10, 2020

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The elevators at the new Parkview office building in Prague’s Pankrác district will teleport you into the heart of nature with their full-wall screens.

Boring elevator music and quietly counting down the floors in your head? That’s over. The “mood elevators” at the Parkview office building, which are all about creating a pleasant atmosphere, will teleport you to a different natural nook every 30 seconds. 

The scenes on these screens, which each stretch across a whole side of the elevator, also change to fit the time of day and year. So you can travel the world in it—from the savanna to the rainforest to the mountaintops. And if you’re lucky, you might run into an animal or two as well. 

“As usual for us at Skanska, we’ve tried to invite nature in several ways at the Parkview office building. Besides our standard emphasis on greenery and wood, this time around, we’ve expanded the infrastructure to include mood elevators, which serve as a digital oasis of calm amid the building—for relaxing and calming your mind,” describes Skanska Sustainovation Manager Eva Nykodymová.

Virtual Nature Counts Too

Time spent in nature has a confirmed beneficial effect on the human spirit even when we only head there in spirit—straight from our desks. As a study by the Journal of Environmental Psychology has shown, even just 40 seconds spent looking at a picture of natural scenery is enough to put our minds in a more relaxed state.

The people surveyed were more focused and made fewer mistakes during subsequent testing than those who looked at a picture of a concrete roof for the same amount of time. The authors offered the following theory as their explanation: the phenomenon may spring from “biophilia,” i.e. people’s natural desire to connect with nature. 

Skanska completed Parkview this spring; it is located across from Central Park in Prague’s Pankrác district. The first tenants began moving into this nine-story building in August. Besides the innovative elevators, they will be met with many other innovations integrated into the Connected by Skanska smart system. For example, they can make use of a special mobile app that enables easy passage through the entry turnstiles while also opening the doors to their offices.