Author: CityScapes, Inc.

How commercial indoor lobbies can benefit from trellis screens

A company’s lobby area is where visiting customers gain their first impression of a business and its brand. What the customer experiences in those first few minutes can potentially influence the success of a deal or sale. It’s important therefore this space is well-designed and organized, as well as welcoming and pleasant.

Lobby spaces, especially large ones, can sometimes seem bland, empty, and even overly corporate. For some businesses, this is the opposite of what they want to portray as a progressive and friendly organization.

Yet there’s a simple way to fix this. Foliage-covered trellis screens bring the beauty of nature into the hub of a corporate environment and bring a wide range of additional benefits.

Benefits of greenery in a commercial environment

Natural plant life provides a softening element to straight-lined commercial interior settings, whether open plan office spaces, walkways, or foyer areas.

We’ve written before about the benefits of more greenery in the business environment. These benefits include better air quality, increased customer wellbeing, improved energy conservation, and enhanced employee performance, among other things.

And these benefits also apply to commercial lobbies.

Benefits of greenery in commercial lobbies

From the moment a customer enters a premises the interior design needs to align with their expectations of that business. The lobby should positively influence how they think, what they do, and the way they perceive the company’s abilities, standards, and ethos.

By creating an aesthetically beautiful and welcoming entrance area the company increases the likelihood of that all-important favorable first impression. Trellis screens adorned with plants, placed in logical and functional locations, can go a long way in making a corporate lobby space a lot more appealing.

There are even more benefits. Trellis screens also:

Break up large spaces

Greenery covered screens provide an attractive natural barrier with which to subtly break up overly large lobby spaces. A lobby interior can fulfil multiple functions. Screened areas allow for these different functions to take place simultaneously without negatively impacting on one another, while still remaining in the same overall space.

Influence transitional pathways

Trellises can also influence a client’s journey from the entrance doors through to the rest of the building. The trellis screens act as transitional elements guiding visitors from one area to another, based on pre-determined movement pathways. For example, when used as a decorative feature they can subtly influence where people focus their attention and thereby their movement.

Provide privacy

Many lobbies have waiting areas where visitors wait after leaving the reception desk. Natural foliage trellis frameworks can provide a sense of privacy for these areas, especially in larger spaces, while still retaining an audible and visual connection with the rest of the lobby. They can also hide restroom and utility entrances.

Enhance large plain walls

Wall trellis screens can break up large lobby wall surfaces that might otherwise look plain or even ugly. Wall-mounted wish-mesh frameworks allow for beautiful green foliage to grow up the walls and offer a more affordable aesthetic option compared to mosaics or other expensive decorative features.

Create natural shading

Lobby areas surrounded by glass walls can potentially suffer from an excess of natural daylight, especially when sunny. This might negatively impact on where waiting areas and reception desks are situated. Foliage covered trellises provide natural shading screens, with an attractive dappling effect, for those areas that catch the sun.

Reduce ambient noise

Foliage screens absorb sound and muffle ambient noise. As a result, they reduce sound reflections and echo effects common in big interior spaces. Trellis screens attached to walls or as space dividers help reduce sounds within the lobby interior, especially crowd noise.


Trellis screens provide a range of benefits for any type of commercial setting but they can be used to their full decorative and functional effect in spacious corporate lobbies.

And this is just one of the functions our NatureScreen® product range can fulfill. Our wire-mesh trellises will bring the beauty of nature into the space where great first impressions are made.

8 types of rooftop equipment roof screens can hide and protect

There’s often a lot of ugly-looking equipment on the rooftops of commercial and industrial buildings. It’s tempting to think because these are high up on a roof no one is going to see them, but they can.

When viewed from a distance or from adjacent buildings, these unsightly units and features detract from the look of your company. Ugly rooftop equipment can negatively impact your brand identity, especially when nearby competitors have invested in screening.

The appearance of your building’s façade and how it looks to prospects, customers, and partners, is an important consideration to bear in mind.

Electrical, heating, and ventilation equipment are inevitable features of most buildings yet they don’t need to remain exposed for all to see. Attractive rooftop screens can hide a wide range of roof-based equipment you might never have considered important to conceal.

What equipment are we talking about?

Here are eight examples of rooftop equipment you can effectively hide with roof screens.

1. HVAC Units

HVAC units provide temperature and climate management for interior environments. The units are usually bulky and not particularly appealing to look at, especially when in rows.

2. Roof Exhaust Ventilation Fans

Roof exhaust fans pull air out of a building allowing fresh air to enter into the interior. The larger the building the more numerous these silver or grey metallic units need to be.

3. Cooling Towers

Rooftop cooling towers reduce the temperature of water by extracting unwanted heat from various sources, including HVAC chillers. They are, at best, bland in appearance. Worse, if they start to rust.

4. Ducts and Pipework

An inevitable feature of HVAC equipment and similar units are the ancillary ducts and pipework. These can often be seen from ground level especially when connected to high-level wall-mounted equipment.

5. Service Walkways

Walkways allow equipment to be accessed on rooftops. They’re ideal for non-flat surfaces and also for potentially slippery conditions. Walkways include step-overs for access across ducts. They are highly functional yet unsightly if near the edge of a roof area.

6. Equipment Platforms

Platforms raise equipment above the rooftop surface level and in so doing make both the framework and the equipment potentially more visible. These platforms usually come with guard rails, which add an extra visually distracting feature.

7. Solar Panels

More and more companies are investing in green design and energy solutions including solar power. Solar panels themselves are not unattractive in appearance but the frames, supports, and electrical equipment can look ugly from certain angles, as can potential solar reflections

8. Communication Systems

Cellular communication systems, satellite dishes, antennas, and numerous other devices are features on rooftops throughout the country. It can be difficult to hide the tallest antennae but screens can certainly hide the bulkier devices below.

These are just some of the equipment you can find on commercial and industrial rooftops. When viewed from a distance or from adjacent buildings, you can see why they might detract from the appearance of the premises and company brand.

With so many varied screen designs and materials available nowadays – including our Envisor Rooftop Screens – it’s so much easier to dramatically improve the look of your buildings.

Instead of seeing ugly industrial rooftops crowning your company, your customers will instead see smart-looking screens matching the general appearance of your building and the surrounding environment.

The screens can even be adorned with your company brand logo.