01 Jun '15, 1pm

Here’s an office where you will want to take the stairs, wow example of #activedesign.

Stairs are a critical part of Active Design;studies have shown that just two minutes of stair climbing a day – rather than using an elevator – can help prevent annual weight gain. But most of the time, stairs are hidden away at the ends of buildings and used for fire exits only. More and more companies and designers are realizing that if you want people to take the stairs, you have to make them worth taking, a significant feature in the design of the building. This one in Australia certainly puts the stairs up front and center. Medibank, Australia's largest health insurer knows that active people are healthier people, and have built their new head offices to promote activity and movement. The architects, HASSELL claim that it is "hardwired for health." It is designed according to principles of Activity Based Working and Health Based Working: lots of movement, great air qua...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/interior-design/stair-week-focu...

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