Why ? : To maintain our quality of life as human beings, we have to embrace Earth’s ecosystems.
How ? : By encouraging sustainable behavior through design.
BIOPHILIC DESIGN is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. Used at both the building and city-scale, it is argued that this idea has health, environmental, and economic benefits for building occupants and urban environments.
BREATHE. Have you ever noticed how you feel when you're outside? Maybe it's a walk on the beach or through the forest. At home you can have extraordinary fun staying in your own garden. Even your humble potted plants can bring you joy! This 'feeling' is what form the building blocks of 'Biophilia'. But it's not just about how we relate to nature; it's about how contact with nature makes us happier, more creative and healthier.
UNITED NATIONS predicts that by 2030, 60% of the world's population will be living in urban environments. Although we have become a more urbanized civilization, it is as if our human instincts need a connection with our natural environment. Understanding that relationship between man and nature becomes a huge problem in the world of interior design and architecture. Designing biophilic spaces is about giving that connection to the outdoors back to the people, by incorporating nature or imitating it into furnitures or the structure of the design of interiors and buildings.
RESEARCH has concluded that 23% of clients booking a hotelroom are willing too pay more for rooms with a view on nature. This is because people naturally feel calm when observing nature. At work in the office space. 10% of employee absensteeism due too lack of connection with nature in architecture. People get creative and inspired when being surrounded by plants "greenery". Employees feel more healthy and energized. Property buyers are willing to pay more, 13% more for real estate with good views on nature. And in education a growth of 22% in concentration, focus and school test-results for children studying in natural environments. Healthcare shows an 8% reducement of long hospital stay for patients in rooms with views on trees, plants, water (elements of nature).