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These days people spend much of their time in the office
apart from a few dying potplants around the place the only
inhabitants are human, the only sounds are papers shuffling,
printers printing, phones ringing ect. In an office
large number of speciecs could be introduced
into a office
block built especially for the purpose. This office block
include a giant atrium in the middle of the block that has
trees and plants in petitions along the wall and on the
so as the building gets higher the atrium gradually steps
outwards so one canopy reaches to the next forest floor,
would mean that the whole atrium is forested and there is
maximum room at the top for sunlight to come though.
would be a large pond at the bottom of the atrium on the
ground floor and waterfalls cascading down the inside to
water each level. The ponds would be stocked with fish
crayfish. As you gaze out your office window a herron grabs
his lunch from the 10th floor stream. Birds sing and lemurs
chase each other through the canopy, you forget about
work for a few seconds and feel refreshed. Animals would
introduced according to how dangerous they are to
Any species that die out will not be reintroduced as it is
supposed to be self susstaining with the only thing provided
by humans being water, although some of the larger animals
might need to have food provided for them.
Please re-locate my office here.
[angel, Aug 07 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Ken Yeang's Eco Tower
[namaste, Aug 07 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||My office building has most of the items specified, though not in quite such Lost World splendour. Atrium in the middle with trees (OK, large plants, but *very* large), waterfall (OK, bubbly fountain). No crayfish or lemurs though (as far as I'm aware).
||In the process of being baked in Elephant & Castle. Not so many animals though. See link.
||Since I have the attention span of - it's short - I require a more or less static workspace to get any sort of work done at all. However, I wouldn't mind exiting my office, crossing the stream and climbing the tree to the lunch room to refill my canteen with coffee. We could wear natty, tweed loincloths, and management would have special headdresses.
||We have seaweed and algae in our water cooler.. does that count?
||You should see the refrigerator in our break room... lovely ecosystems consisting of a plenitude of splendid fungal life-forms, rivulets of spilled coffee cascading betwixt the slats in the shelving.... very relaxing.
||Love the idea. Baked in a lot of CEO's offices. My office is too damn cheap to do all this for us; we have to settle for the gardens outside. Maybe a bonsai tree here and there? Pretty please?
||In our building, we've got five meter rubber trees and a one story waterfall/rapids but no animals. The glass roof opens to let out the heat and closes for a rain shower so there's no natural watering. You almost get blind to it after a while.
||You know how you get bugs that have evolved to look just like leaves? After many many years in an office ecosystem you might get a similar phenomenon. I can imagine pinching someone's stapler only to later discover that it's actually some kind of bug, who's exploited the stapler stealing phenomenon to locate itself to new feeding grounds. Or even better, if it had evolved so that *apologises* staples were its staple diet, it could just lie back and get hand-fed a free meal.