JEMA Managing Partner John Mueller recently partook in “Space Matters,” a St. Louis Business Journal's Table of Experts panel discussion. This lively roundtable chat took place at Color Art's new office, recently designed by JEMA.
Crucial to the entire conversation about how workplace design can drive positive culture, innovation, and productivity is the notion that space is a "moody" substance. It has the power to change our emotions and feelings. Our environment is a powerful emotional change agent and affects all of us deeply . . . often, without us even knowing it.
Along with our interpersonal relationships and our own history and memories, space is one of the great regulators of our emotional well-being. Our moods — bad, good, or indifferent — are "moved" by space.
At JEMA, our mission statement is to "bring joy" to our clients and communities. We understand the power of space and its impact on our emotions. Every project is an opportunity to bring joy.
Anxious, apathetic, joyful: Our emotions spring from our surroundings
Color Art: “I feel happy here.”
The Vietnam War Memorial: perhaps the most powerful space in the country. Why is this memorial more emotionally powerful than others?
Notre-Dame Cathedral: Visitors often weep when entering the space. Why?
The Therme Vals spa: It makes us feel more relaxed and at ease. Why?