Biophilia is still a new term in our design conversations but is fast becoming one of the most important considerations in the commercial design world. Biophilic Design is essentially a continuation of the Sustainable Architecture movement that emerged in the mid-’90s. This movement created a wide variety of buildings that were both environmentally friendly and energy efficient
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Biophilic Design takes this concept a step further, working to create spaces that benefit the people who use them. It is, at its core, an architectural framework that by consciously including organic patterns and nature into interiors gives us the ability to reconnect and strength the human-nature connection we all yearn for.
Biophilia stems from the Greek words for Life (Bios) and Love (Philia) and literally means a love of life. The word was first used by a psychologist called Erich Fromm in 1964. He described it as “the passionate love of life and all that is alive”.
Biophilic design is more than just bringing the outside in. It’s about making and strengthening a connection with many aspects of nature. It’s about natural light, views on nature, plants, natural materials, textures and patterns.” – Oliver Heath, an industry recognised expert in the field of sustainable architectural and interior design.
With so many of us living in crowded towns and cities where outdoor pollution levels are on the rise and stress is a emerging disease this trend is soon to become standard to any design project.
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