Biophilia Design | The Trendy Practice of Bringing Buildings to Life!

Biophilia is the love for all things living and the key to biophilia design, such a trend when it comes to interior design.

This idea has health, environmental, and economic benefits, and although its name was coined in recent history, indicators of biophilia design have been seen in architecture from as far back as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

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The appearance of the natural world, with its rich diversity of shapes, colors, and life, is universally appreciated and brings you several benefits, such as:

– Reduces stress levels
– Increases productivity
– Reduces sick days
– Makes workplaces more attractive
– Reduces pollution and cleans the air by reducing noise levels
– Boosts creativity levels

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Due to all the benefits mentioned above, from a home perspective, people are now more likely to spend more on houses that have views of nature, excellent landscaping, properties that look at water or are waterfront.

Biophilic design, however, must be implemented correctly to optimize health benefits and potential monetary savings. Here you have the good practices to achieve a nice and beneficial ambiance:

Natural Environment – Features of the natural world that are incorporated into an office setting. Basic things like earthy colors, sunlight, plants, images of animals and nature.

Natural Shapes – Lines, shapes, and forms that occur in nature (arches and vaults, recreating rock shelves, water paths).

© Wonderland Magazine – Chrome Hearts, Miami

Natural Patterns – Patterns and processes that occur in nature like the erosion of rock over time, the growth of plants, and the use of rhythm and scale.

Natural Light – One of the easiest forms to understand. Sunlight is healthy and biophilic design puts an emphasis on light and space. Light helps merge the inside and outside using elements of warmth and different shapes.

Plants – You can’t talk about natural design and not include plants. This doesn’t mean you have to turn the room into a jungle. You can focus on real plants, imagery, or plant colors.

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© João Saramago – Torel Avantgarde Hotel, Porto

The Human-Nature Relationship – Involves recreating the relationship between humans and nature. By doing this, an office will focus on specific themes like order, safety, complexity, curiosity, mastery, control, affection, exploration, discovery, and awe. With themes like this in mind, it’s easy to combine the modern with the timeless.

© Rodrigo Cardoso – Prado Restaurant, Lisboa

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