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Blog by Liam Abernethie, Client Relations Manager

The benefits of biophilia in interior spaces

Just picture for a moment an environment you are in your most relaxed stated, chances are the first image that comes to your mind is a place surrounded by nature, whether that be a woodland, a riverside, by the sea, or in a meadow. One rarely considers relaxing in a commercial office space or perhaps a shopping centre. However, we as humans spend approximately 80-90% of our time indoors.  

In this modern age architects and designers continue to incorporate ‘biophilic’ elements into their work in order to promote well-being, health, and find new ways of connecting humans to nature.  

What is biophilia?  

According to Meriam-Webster’s dictionary definition biophilia is ‘a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in naturea desire or tendency to commune with nature’. To further explain this concept biophilia was the term coined by Dr. Edward O. Wilson to describe what he saw as humanity’s “innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes. This term also translates in ancient Greek to “the love of living things”, it’s about having that deep sense of connection to the nature that surrounds us. 

What is biophilic design?  

The concept of incorporating biophilia into our designs is to connect humans more closely with nature to improve their well-being. There are many ways this can be carried out, by including natural characteristics such as planting and other greenery, water, wood, and natural light elements.  

Why do we need to include biophilia in our designs?  

Many studies have been conducted on this thoroughly researched yet trending topic. As we well know, humans on average spend between 8 and 9 hours sitting inside an office which in the long-term can cause a number of negative impacts. Architects and designers are finding that increasing the use of biophilia in their designs leads to an increase in creativity and productivity for those working in the space. Check out this study carried out showing the results of incorporating biophilia into design conceptsIf you’ve ever been stuck in an office with no windows, artificial light, and air-conditioning and wondered why you felt un-motivated and lethargic, you’ll understand just how important biophilia is. The sole purpose of integrating biophilic elements in office spaces is to make it feel less like an office and more like an environment where humans function more productively in.  

How do biophilia and planting go hand-in-hand?  

Rarely can we consider the natural surroundings of our planet without thinking of the trees, the plants, the flowers, and all the other green elements. These are crucial to keep our ecosystem functioning properly. The design possibilities to create greener spaces using planting is endless and is one of the first steps to consider when designing an interior space. There is large scope to create more elaborate spaces using truly bespoke planting concepts ranging from green walls, moss walls, or even hydroculture planting systems. 

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