Practical Biophilic Design Part 1
Updated: Apr 19, 2021
Bring the infinite power of the great outdoors inside today
As the world of Nature continues to remind us who’s really the boss of the planet with the recent events, perhaps it’s high time we all partnered with Mother Nature. She appears to always be the last woman standing as other species can attest to, let us help you welcome the infinite power of nature into your indoor environment. Seems like airborne diseases are here to stay, so we have all got to get used to more indoor living from here on out. With our first series of posts, we reintroduce you to the incredible aura of biophilic design.
The biophilia hypothesis (also called BET) suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. - Edward O. Biophilia (1984)
What exactly is Biophilic Design?
The biophilia hypothesis proposes that people have an unbreakable bond with nature from cradle to grave. Furthermore, it proposes that we even long for it and without proper connection can affect the state of not only wellbeing, physical and mental, but also overall health. Therefore, biophilic design is an applied solution to satisfy this natural desire for nature by integrating specific essential elements and processes into the indoor space. Since many everyday folks spend a large amount of time indoors, you can see why this space is indispensable.
Why is Biophilic Design so important?
Incorporating biophilic design makes you both healthier and happier. Two vital components to life’s prosperity. If you need more convincing, the science backs it up too. Direct experiences of nature in a built environment allude to light, plants, water, you know the essential elements of life on earth. It involves any aspect that delivers direct contact with green elements, also including natural air movement. Indirect experiences are always evolving such as how to blend in natural materials like wood and earth, or mere images of nature. This strategy becomes a greater factor in spaces with no windows or indoor plants accessibility.
It’s really a no-brainer! Nature is giving us a direct solution to boost health and happiness, its primary foundational building blocks for a fulfilling life here on planet Earth. Introducing living and breathing organisms like plants into our clients’ work environment has literally brought them more life source and essence. We cherish the opportunity to do the same for you. Scientific data proves that plants amplify creativity and boost worker performance, hence, a more productive ecosystem. That’s what it boils down to for corporate leaders and business owners, ability to be wise and resourceful, making full use of Earth’s natural ecosystem. Wise choice indeed - only directly responsible for the possibility of life in our known universe, probably unknown too!
Is Biophilic Design a lost art?
This idea that human beings have an innate affinity for nature resurfaced in popularity back in the 1980s. We say “resurfaced” because this notion was prevalent with the elite of Ancient Greeks and Romans, however, as goes with vital knowledge sometimes, it can be lost for many generations. That’s why we are here to provide some valuable guidance and direction. Designing spaces according to important principles of nature should not just be a rebounding trend, it ought to be a way of life. Especially now with curfews and a higher level than ever of people working from home around the globe, bringing the power of the great outdoors “indoors” elevates you and your entire work staff to a greater awareness. Around the world every culture is dealing with uncertainty, the best way forward is to look to the power of nature for certainty. Biophilic design is the most proactive decision you can make today to boost workplace productivity and morale.
Now you know how biophilic design can move the needle, imagine what it can do for both your work and home space. Next time, we’ll explore deeper about incorporating biophilic design into your way of life.