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Create a Multi Sensorial Experience through Biophilic Design

What is your ideal design? The ideal design should support you to feel connected, be better at your jobs and be more in tune with yourselves. Biophilic design challenges thinking and stimulates design exploration. A space flourishes and comes to life when natural elements such as water and wood are incorporated. A key part to biophilic design are the 14 patterns of Biophilia, and these patterns can be carried out in various ways. By implementing the 14 patterns of Biophilic design you can improve cognitive function and creativity, and even reduce stress. Incorporating multiple Biophilic elements you can create a multi sensorial experience that will help amplify the benefits of Biophilia.

Norm Architects and Kinfolk select six sensory projects from The Touch , Photo by Christian Moller Andersen

Norm Architects and Kinfolk select six sensory projects from The Touch, Photo by Christian Moller Andersen

We have a collection of our favourite examples of Biophilia within commercial design and we would like to share them with you. Each Biophilic example is focused on improving human health.

Biophilia is ideal for Lounges and Communal Seating Areas

Biophilic Office Space

Biophilic Office Seating

Living walls are great feature to add to communal seating areas and help bring the room back to life through reclaimed wood clad walls and wood tables and benches.

Biophilia is known to help reduce stress and improve our moods. Biophilic design is the perfect match for lounge areas and social gathering spaces. In these shared spaces Biophilia nurtures connectivity. Customers feel welcome, relaxed and more likely to be social. This would be a great option to consider for socially distanced drinking and food areas post Covid- 19. Wood and plants are great options to use. Research has shown that the exposure to wood panelling can reduce blood pressure through a connection with indoor plants. Plants and wood can help revitalize any space public or personal and create comfort the occupants whether that be customers or family.

99 schöne Balkon Design-Ideen Style Motivation | Sentotan

99 schöne Balkon Design-Ideen Style Motivation | Sentotan

Space race - Top restaurant designs | Restaurant Business

Space race - Top restaurant designs | Restaurant Business

Daylight and Plant Life always Work Well Together

Singapore hospital surrounds its design with trees, greenery and daylight both exterior and interiorly and is a pure Biophilic sanctuary.

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore is an extraordinary example of commercial Biophilic design. Due to its wealth of greenery and natural light, the building feels less like a hospital and more like a forest. This a key example of what Biophilia looks like when you incorporate multiple patterns and they work together. This shows the possibilities of Biophilic design.

 Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore Developed by RMJM, the 590-bed, 1.1 million square foot institution serves more than 700,000 people living in the northern sector of Singapore.

 Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore Developed by RMJM, the 590-bed, 1.1 million square foot institution serves more than 700,000 people living in the northern sector of Singapore. 

The architect firm Archello created an amazing office entryway that uses lots of greenery and white décor to help mix minimalism and Biophilia.

The greenest office Story by Workplace

The Greenest Office Story by Workplace

The presence of plant life is a key aspect to Biophilic design. You would be surprised how much of a difference a few plants can make to improving your indoor environmental quality. Consider combining daylight with greenery this is very effective. Daylight only illuminates plant life but also has numerous Biophilic benefits such as increased productivity and improved mood. Using a variety of plants is crucial such as living walls. Potted plants and hanging ones can all work together to help an indoor environment convey the outdoors in. A few businesses select to use greenery that is native to the local area to help connect occupants with their natural surroundings and is a great way to incorporate sustainability into the design. 

The Greenest Office Story by Workplace

The Greenest Office Story by Workplace

You can transform the smallest of places with a few trees, living wall which will transform any space into a natural paradise. This approach has been adopted by some of the world’s most famous architects and designers such as Perkins+Will’s Ken Hudson and designer Oliver Heath. Biophilic design is the future of interior design and more important than ever before due to Covid -19.

Health Care

Newport Hospital health centre in Washington sustains an appropriate balance of Biophilic elements. Through seating area where both patients and visitors can discover bright lighting, reclaimed wood architecture, natural stone wall and a panoramic view of the outdoors making for inviting and calming waiting area.

Large windows in the lobby provide a visual connection to nature, while the deliberate use of finishes and patterns serve to mimic the natural environment. Newport Hospital Health Center – NAC Architecture

Large windows in the lobby provide a visual connection to nature, while the deliberate use of finishes and patterns serve to mimic the natural environment. Newport Hospital Health Center – NAC Architecture

Including features like aquariums has been linked to lower patient anxiety levels in healthcare settings. Royal Children’s Hospital - Billard Leece Partnership/Bates Smart

Including features like aquariums has been linked to lower patient anxiety levels in healthcare settings. Royal Children’s Hospital - Billard Leece Partnership/Bates Smart

Seating areas that incorporate Biophilic components such as fireplaces and water features bring serenity to an environment. They enhance the experience by providing non-visual connections with nature with nature such flowing water and the crackling of fire. For example, Station 101 has created an exterior space designed as a natural extension of Biophilic interior meeting area. Another way you can create a non – visual connections with nature are through shadows and sun patches and their movement across a room. Textured materials are another great way to incorporate non visual stimulus such as fragrant herbs, flowers and weather reclaimed wood.

Margulies Perruzzi Architects refreshes Station 101 using biophilic design to attract and retain happy tenants for their client resulting in well-being for everyone.

Margulies Perruzzi Architects refreshes Station 101 using Biophilic design to attract and retain happy tenants for their client resulting in well-being for everyone.

Margulies Perruzzi Architects refreshes Station 101 using biophilic design to attract and retain happy tenants for their client resulting in well-being for everyone.

Margulies Perruzzi Architects refreshes Station 101 using Biophilic design to attract and retain happy tenants for their client resulting in well-being for everyone.

The Importance of Reclaimed Wood

You would be surprised how many companies use reclaimed wood such as offices, banks, retails stores, hospitals and restaurants. Reclaimed wood supports a connection to nature and has been shown to help people heal faster, feel better and become both more productive and social. The texture of reclaimed wood adds character to any interior and help people to relate to the material more closely with nature. Did you know that reclaimed wood is one of the most flexible green building materials?

Reclaimed wood staircase by Alberto Mozo

Reclaimed wood staircase by Alberto Mozo

Reclaimed wood adapts really well to its surroundings and will develop the existing aesthetic of a space. In a hospital reception, it can create a calming environment and reduce stress for both the patients and visitors. Whereas, in a high – end restaurant it adds sophistication and elegance. Overall, reclaimed wood has a unique ability to enhance a design of the built environment in which it lives.

Beautiful recycled timber architecture at celler de can roca restaurant

Beautiful recycled timber architecture at Celler De Can Roca Restaurant

How to Balance Indoor Elements

Biophilic design isn’t just about the presence of natural materials. Various indoor elements (air quality, views of nature and lighting) have to be balanced so as to enhance the built environment as a whole. By using several Biophilic patterns at one time it combines the benefits of what each pattern brings, leading to a space that feels great to be in and looks good.

The harmony of indoor elements is of particular importance to hospitals that use Biophilic design. A great example of this would be the Swedish Ballard behavioural health unit. This architectural unit contains extensive daylight, healthy amount of wood and connection with natural patterns. In spaces that impose artificial light, circadian lighting solutions are fitted. For example, in the morning, occupants are exposed to cool blue light, whilst in the evening a warm amber glow emitted. This guarantees patients with regular sleep which will help aid recovery and wake cycles are maintained.

Ballard Behavioural Health Unit in Seattle, designed by ZGF Architects LLP, features many strategies of biophilic design that simultaneously orient, soothe, and calm patients while offering visual interest and stimulation. by Benjamin Benschneider

Ballard Behavioural Health Unit in Seattle, designed by ZGF Architects LLP, features many strategies of Biophilic design that simultaneously orient, soothe, and calm patients while offering visual interest and stimulation. Photography by Benjamin Benschneider

Combining Biophilic elements together is the most effective way when creating spaces designed for refuge. The best restoration space is one where occupants have a real sense of safety and feel like they can withdraw from their surrounding area. Places of refuge need to feel unique from the space but shouldn’t be fully enclosed. The idea is to de – stress whilst keeping the senses engaged. If the space is raised this creates the ability of prospect and creates an even bigger Biophilic effect. As places of refuge have been proven to help reduce irritability and fatigue as well as improved concentration.

Pars Hospital / New Wave Architecture © Parham Taghioff

Pars Hospital / New Wave Architecture © Parham Taghioff

 

Biophilic Office Design is the Future of the Workplace.

Office spaces have evolved over the last decade and we think this is for the better due to the rise in Biophilic design. When designing offices for todays current climate designers are making sure that offices are well lit and designed to maximize productivity and employee health. Designer Oliver Heath is at the forefront of this movement. Did you know that Biophilic design can also prevent Sick Building syndrome by enhancing comfort and improving air quality?

More offices each year are evolving and developing as they realize the benefits of Biophilia. Overall Biophilic design is all about the people. As it puts human health and wellness first. This is why Biophilic spaces are so desirable across all industries.

One particular architect firm Cook Fox embodies this design philosophy. Plentiful plant life is spread throughout their workspace and a healthy amount of daylight. This is a remarkable place to be able to work and thrive in.

The offices of CookFox architects in Manhattan are designed to promote health. Credit Eric Laignel

Credit Eric Laignel

Interior design has never been the same since, Biophilic design came on to the scene and that’s a magnificent thing. Especially in today’s current situation of post-world pandemic, built environments need to become healthier and better looking than ever before. When people go to work, they need to feel happier and more satisfied. The Biophilic effect proves that humans long for a connection with nature, and when Biophilic design elements stimulate more than just our visual senses it is the best way of meeting that innate need to reconnect with nature.

The offices of CookFox architects in Manhattan are designed to promote health. Credit Eric Laignel

Credit Eric Laignel

If you want to develop your knowledge further and learn how to implement the biophilic patterns in to your interior. Sign up to our Biophilic workshops where we are hosting a series of 10 sessions on all things biophilia. Click on the link below to book your place. https://harleenmclean.kartra.com/page/AwestruckBiophilicWorkshops

https://harleenmclean.kartra.com/page/AwestruckBiophilicWorkshops