biophilic design guide
what is biophilic design?
Biophilic design is a design approach that bridges design, nature and wellbeing. Translating the essence of nature into design solutions, it creates spaces that actively support health and wellbeing, while restoring a balanced relationship with the natural world around us.
how does biophilic design work?
The theory behind biophilic design has been described with a framework of 14 patterns (first conceptualized by Terrapin Bright Green) aimed at facilitating biophilic design applications. Patterns are organized in 3 categories:
- nature in the space: incorporating natural elements in design
- natural analogues: using nature-inspired shapes, patterns, colours and textures
- nature of the space: reproducing the layout of natural environments
click on each pattern to read a dedicated article from the blog
View of natural elements from within a space.
Interactions with nature through other senses: sound, touch, smell and taste.
Unpredictable and non-repetitive movements recalling those happening in nature (birds chirping, leaves moving in a breeze...)
Variability in air temperature and flow, changes in relative humidity and varying surface temperatures.
Use of water and water mimicking solutions as design features.
Varying lighting intensities and light changes over time evoking the natural cycle of day and night.
Awareness of seasonal and temporal changes stimulated by design solutions.
Nature-inspired textures, shapes and patterns.
Natural materials and elements that reflect the local environment in terms of ecology or geology.
Rich sensory features recalling natural spatial hierarchies (otherwise called fractal patterns).
Uninterrupted views over a distance creating feelings of calm and safety.
Sense of protection from movements and activities happening in the surroundings.
Partially obscured views stimulating curiosity about the unknown.
Balanced combination of a perceived sense of risk and the rational knowledge of safety.
biophilic design resources
A biophilic year: 365 thoughts on the essence and practice of biophilic design
What is biophilic design? And why does it matter so much now?
Through 365 aphorisms, the book explores the connections of biophilic thinking with sustainability, interior design and architecture, urban planning, and the way in which we see the world as a whole.
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Biophilic design guide: an illustrated journey across the principles of biophilic design