Why Biophilic Design Is Important In Our Interior Environments

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“Biophilic design” is known as a close relative to “green design”. Biophila is the innate craving and draw to nature and the need for it to surround us by means of sunlight, plant life, natural materials, fresh air, and elements of nature. When integrated into buildings, work environments, health care facilities, schools, and homes it can make a space both more appealing physically and emotionally, as well as healthier.

Biophilic design has been influencing interior design for decades. Its impact continues to grow because of accumulated documentation and the growth in urban density, making nature less accessible, therefore, pushing interior designers to be more conscious of creating access. In addition, our values have been changing because of the end of agricultural and industrial economies. Some of the benefits of biophilic design include greater productivity in workers and reduced absenteeism, faster healing by patients, better student performance, improved creativity, reduction in stress, and an elevated quality of life in homes.

Bringing the outdoors to the indoors can be done by using natural daylighting and ventilation, natural materials and organic forms, visual diversity, views to nature, along with indoor and outdoor access to plants. When incorporating biophilic design with green interior design, you are creating a seamless holistic environment.

Lynn Hoffman

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