Decompression Zone: Ideas for Leisure and Rest Environments in the Office

Decompression Zone: Ideas for Leisure and Rest Environments in the Office

Escritorio Sede Pravaler / Estudio Guto Requena. Photo: © Fran Parente

Even before we got used to remote working, some offices were already concerned about the well-being of their teams and how to attract new talent to work in their physical spaces. In this context, the decompression rooms had already become fundamental elements of the architectural program to demonstrate that the company cares about promoting coexistence, easing daily pressure and providing moments of pleasure during the working day. . Currently, while many have already returned to offices, environments like this have become increasingly essential to ensure employee well-being, as well as to improve performance.

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Escritorio Sede Pravaler / Estudio Guto Requena.  Photo: © Fran Parente
Escritorio Sede Pravaler / Estudio Guto Requena. Photo: © Fran Parente

Therefore, we’ve put together some food for thought on decompression zones, which usually stand out from the rest of the desktop. They offer a playful environment and experiences that transport the spirit of the team to another place, housing a space for games, sports practice or a quieter space for moments of introspection. The possibilities are diverse and the important thing is to offer quality moments and mental rest. The possibilities are diverse and the important thing is to offer quality moments and mental rest.

Open spaces

Outdoors or not, what matters is having a sense of space where your head can rest. Thinking of spaces that take your mind off the office scene and divert your eyes from different horizons is one of the ways to relieve stress and bring the body back to the present, reducing the anxiety that a computer screen can bring. computer.

Office of Kientruc o / KIENTRUC O. Photo: © Hiroyuki Oki
Office of Kientruc o / KIENTRUC O. Photo: © Hiroyuki Oki
Walmart Sao Paulo / Estudio Guto Requena.  Photo: © Fran Parente
Walmart Sao Paulo / Estudio Guto Requena. Photo: © Fran Parente

Play and entertainment areas

“Laughter is the best medicine”, although it sounds like popular wisdom, laughter is scientifically proven to be an excellent immune system booster and stress reducer. Therefore, investing in spaces where you can put your worries aside for a few moments during the day to focus on your own well-being helps combat future issues, such as burnout.

Design of FinUp / hyperSity offices.  Photo: Courtesy of hyperSity
Design of FinUp / hyperSity offices. Photo: Courtesy of hyperSity
Área Social Sede Nubank / SuperLimão.  Photo: © Maira Acayaba
Área Social Sede Nubank / SuperLimão. Photo: © Maira Acayaba

Coffee, snacks and joy

Perhaps one of the most classic decompression methods is “coffee time”. Anchored in Brazilian culture, the moment of having a coffee is essential to reorganize the ideas in your head and break with the repetitive processes that a working day can have. Therefore, investing in the quality of the pantry or, at least, in a space where it is possible to sit away from the desk itself, can be a great help in relaxing your head and, thus, increase creativity.

Agência 35 / Galeria Arquitetos.  Photo: © Manuel Sa
Agência 35 / Galeria Arquitetos. Photo: © Manuel Sa
Escritorio Sede Pravaler / Estudio Guto Requena.  Photo: © Fran Parente
Escritorio Sede Pravaler / Estudio Guto Requena. Photo: © Fran Parente

Sports practice

It’s no news to anyone that playing sports is essential for reducing stress. But in addition, it also serves to increase self-confidence, improve concentration, stimulate cognitive activities and, depending on the sport, can teach teamwork. From yoga to basketball, there’s a lot to be gained with good physical condition and less muscle soreness.

EDP ​​Business Park / IT'S Informov.  Photo: © Ana Mello
EDP ​​Business Park / IT’S Informov. Photo: © Ana Mello
Agência Master + So What / numa arquitetos + Studio Juliano Monteiro.  Photo: © Eduardo Macarios
Agência Master + So What / numa arquitetos + Studio Juliano Monteiro. Photo: © Eduardo Macarios

Versatility of space

There isn’t always enough space to create a specific decompression room, but that doesn’t mean the idea of ​​that space should be ignored. It is possible to equip other areas and rest corners with sofas, armchairs, plants, elements that provide a rest area, but can also be used for work such as meetings or concentration areas , away from other colleagues.

Collab CdD Bradesco - Bioma / IT'S Informov.  Photo: © Rafaela Netto
Collab CdD Bradesco – Bioma / IT’S Informov. Photo: © Rafaela Netto
Google Amsterdam / DDOCK.  Photo: © Alan Jensen
Google Amsterdam / DDOCK. Photo: © Alan Jensen

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