THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SPACE; beauty and the beast
How often do you think about your space?
Have you ever imagined living or working in a forest with tall trees all around- how would you feel? Would the sounds of the breeze on the trees and woody scents help you concentrate? You would probably feel uncomfortable working in such environment. Looking at your work environment, how does it make you feel? Do you feel challenged by the space around you, does it limit or enable you? Does what you see, feel and smell help you stay focused and relaxed, or does it distract you and keep your mind wandering?
There’s a Chinese thought called “Feng Shui”, described as “a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation of space in relation to the flow of energy, it is a belief that the way you arrange objects in your space affects your success, health and happiness
The spaces we occupy to large extent shapes our performance & productivity & ultimately- our results.
A large part of our lives is spent in physical interaction with the space around us. The spaces we occupy directly influence our psychological well-being and creative performance. Space has the ability to shape who we are and how we behave, and the fact that many of us spend large amounts of time, even years, working in the same space, it makes sense to optimize that space for maximum benefit.
In 2005 a study looking at a range of organisations found that allowing employees an element of control over their working space and environments engendered increased satisfaction and productivity. Interestingly, lots of developers, urban planners, designers, architects and business owners are accepting the knowledge that a large part of how we define ourselves and success is caught up in the close relationship we have with the spaces we occupy and the way in which we inhabit them. In reality space has so much influence on the way we live and work such that it can easily empower or dis-empower our lives.
Beauty and the Beast
Let us juxtapose two concepts; the Beauty and the Beast psychology of spaces. The Beauty psychology of space creates a synergy between recreation, relaxation, serenity and work. It provides for more flexibility and room for relaxation and enjoyment – creating a contented and happy work environment. An environment with wide open space to use for networking and collaboration with a clear and relaxed mind to get work done easily. A case in point is ‘The Finery, Ikoyi’ a beautiful well-spaced green landscape located in the heart of Ikoyi, Lagos- Nigeria. The Finery provides a serene environment for collaboration and co-creation, equipped with a well-trimmed garden, a studio for events, generous car-park space and a work-fun experience.
‘The Beast mode’ is generally believed to connote the concept of hard-core, high impact activity; the Beast Space for the purpose of our expose will be a high rise building in the middle of a busy business district that provides a good working space environment meant to produce, store and maintain enormous volume of knowledge and information rather than a place to simply perform work and relax. Spaces in Beast mode are characterised by their structure and construction, they are mostly high-rise building with creative architectural urban designs that gives a big visual effect to people so that it is considered as a critical factor for a conducive work environment.
‘Beast’ spaces emphasize on mostly brick, mortar, glass, structure and form. We have a couple of office spaces that fall within the Beast mode –The Post Square on the intersection of Adeola Odeku & Ologun Agbaje streets, in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria. It is a premium office space that offers flexible spaces to suit the ever changing, dynamic needs of fast growing organizations as well as generous underground parking.