Biophilic design is an approach to architecture and interior design that seeks to incorporate elements of nature into the built environment, recognizing the innate human connection and affinity for nature. It involves integrating natural materials, patterns, light, vegetation, and other elements that evoke a sense of nature, resulting in spaces that promote well-being, productivity, and a greater sense of harmony with the environment. By bringing nature indoors and creating a biophilic environment, this design philosophy aims to enhance human health, happiness, and overall quality of life.
15% higher level of wellbeing, 6% higher level of productivity, and 15% higher level of creativity than without natural elements.
Cooper, Sir Cary, and Bill Browning. “The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace.” Global Human Spaces Report, 2015
Incorporating plants into your living spaces can reduce toxins in the air and contribute additional oxygen. Roughly 250 plants produce enough O2 for a single person.
Plants, soil, trapped air, and moisture in the soil are great acoustic insulators. Studies have shown that green walls can reduce ambient noise by up to 40 decibels, an important benefit to those who work or live close to noisy streets, highways or airports.
Visual connection with nature can lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve mental engagement, attentiveness, and positively impact attitude. This is linked to lower incidence of depression, heart disease, and diabetes.
"The garden is not only an aesthetic function but it also has a social and ecological meaning. The garden is an encounter between culture and nature."
Roberto Burle Marx