BIOPHILIC DESIGN guide
What is Biophilic Design?
Biophilic Design is a bridge between design, nature and wellbeing. Translating the essence of nature into design solutions, it helps create spaces that actively support health and wellbeing.
How does Biophilic Design work?
The theory behind biophilic design has been described with a framework of tools - called patterns – that are aimed at facilitating biophilic design applications.
These 14 patterns are organized in 3 categories:
- Nature in the Space: incorporating natural elements in design.
- Natural Analogues: replicating natural shapes, patterns, colours and textures.
- Nature of the Space: reproducing the layout of natural environments.
[Framework conceptualized by Terrapin Bright Green]
Click on each pattern to read a dedicated article from the blog!
View of natural elements from within the interior.
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 view 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 Guide - e-book
free downloadable e-book
This Biophilic Design Guide is an illustrated journey across the 14 patterns of biophilic design. A unique publication to retrace the blog series Biophilic Moodboards, where we've explored the principles of biophilic design over the past 2 years.
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Note: this guide is the first brick of a wider biophilic design project that will come in the coming months, so stay tuned!