What is Biophilic Design?
Biophilia translates to a love of nature. The idea that nature and the natural world can be synergistic and interweaves into human life expanded out of this concept.
Biophilic design is the implementation of Biophilia in the work or home life. Many people can do this by following the ‘outside-in’ philosophy that we previously covered. Or you can go even further by breaking the mold of what is part of the building and what is part of the earth.
For example, you can decide to litter your home with pots and plants, or you have your roof covered with sod for what are known as Green Roofing initiatives. The possibilities are only limited by your commitment to Biophilia.
The Benefits of Biophilic Design
Many people ask whether or not Biophilia is worth it because they don’t know if there are proven results for it. The truth is that Biophilic design is fantastic for your environment.
Reduces Stress –The most noticeable characteristic for some people is its ability to reduce stress. Instead of pumping air through your building, add plants and pots that generate fresh oxygen for each person in the office. Being connected to nature and seeing nature makes people relaxed.
Read more about Nature reducing Stress here.
Enhances Creativity – Countless people will attest to being inspired by nature. From the great artists of the past such as Emerson and Thoreau to the many biologists and environmentalists. It stimulates a response among everyone.
Improves Mental Well-Being – Being part of nature reduces the risk of having mental health diseases such as depression. When you incorporate it as part of your workplace, you stimulate the minds of those you work with. Read the Stanford Study here.
You ever go to the ocean, feel the sand between your toes and stare out at the great blue expanse of water? It’s humbling. It refreshes you. The smell of the salt, the touch of the sand and the breath you take of something that isn’t inside four concrete walls. Biophilic design should be the next steps we take when it comes to interior design and construction. If you would like to learn more about how you can begin to utilize Biophilic design in your office space, give us a call today at (954) 922-3939!