Urban landscaping benefits both the company and the environment

The urban landscaping of the courtyard of the haircare company Kao Finland Oy is an expression of the owner’s personality and style.

According to the Garden Trends 2015 report published in the United States, the popularity of urban landscaping is growing as people adopt more ecological views. A beautiful environment is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also improves health and wellbeing. Natural yards and gardens, in particular, are increasing in popularity in business premises construction.

Urban landscaping supports the environmental values of a business and also offers other benefits. Using vegetation as a building material is cost-effective and can reduce the carbon footprint of the company, for example in terms of heating and manufacturing costs. Attractive landscaping and green gardens reduce stress, which has been found to increase productivity and motivation.

A Japanese ambience in central Helsinki

Environmental values are important to the haircare company Kao Finland Oy. Kao Finland moved to its new office at Unioninkatu 24 in January 2015. The courtyard of the office building holds a genuine Japanese garden, which is a great fit with the brand image of this Japanese company.

The relocation was preceded by a complete transformation of the office premises and courtyard. The company now has nearly 900 square metres of space at its disposal on two floors.

“We wanted to consolidate all of our operations in a single space, to support closer collaboration between teams, and to benefit from the synergies brought about by daily encounters. Another key goal was to be closer to our end customers,” says Piia Forsman, Business Development Manager at Kao Salon Oy.

”Using vegetation as a building material is cost-effective and can reduce the carbon footprint of the company.”

She appreciates Sponda’s co-operation thus far, also with regard to Kao Finland’s wishes related to urban landscaping.

“Sponda has been an admirably flexible co-operation partner throughout this project. In an international organisation, decisions sometimes take a while. We brought up the idea of a Japanese garden at a very early stage, even before the spatial design process had begun. Sponda completely understood its significance for our company,” Forsman adds.