Biophilic Design for Healthy Workplaces

What is biophilic design?

The scientific study of humans’ fondness toward nature and how it might help our health and well-being is known as biophilia. It was initially proposed in 1984 by American biologist Edward O. Wilson, who saw that increasing urbanisation was creating a perilous separation between humans and environment. People’s urge to ‘escape’ to the countryside and visit national parks, beaches, and mountains reflects this.

The goal of biophilia

Biophilic design seeks to engage with this intricacy and wonder. The core concept of biophilic design is straightforward: include a human connection to nature into our urban fabric. Significant data suggests that building a workspace with access to nature improves health, wellbeing, and productivity.

The pillars of the theory

The fundamental pillar of biophilic theory is access to nature. Access to actual nature, such as live plants or animals, has the most positive impact on people’s physiological functions. Another key aspect is a spatial design that mimics nature and increases the occupant’s health and well-being. Consider an interior filled with indoor plants and a setting that resembles savannah woodland.

Elements of biophilic design

Biophilic design incorporates more natural light and air into a space, as well as water and live plants, and employs materials such as natural wood and stone, as well as earth tones such as brown, green, and blue.

Green walls, rooftop gardens, and indoor plants offer greenery, and tactile and visual design allows people to experience and perceive natural aspects as they change. These features inspire movement, colour, warmth, and vigour, stimulating socioemotionally and soothing inhabitants. Where natural components are impossible to include directly, they can be replicated through technology, design, and space. If an office is in the shadow of a bigger structure, for example, innovative internal lighting and air circulation can provide the appearance of natural airflow and light. The idea is to improve the link between people and place, to make it simpler to move about and between locations, and to create pleasant, rewarding settings that include all of these factors.

Nature and biophilic design offer numerous keys to creating a pleasant office that promotes well-being and value while increasing inspiration and productivity.

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The Rail Mounted Planter Box allows you to introduce greenery and brightness into your space to give a refreshing feel. Apart from the aesthetic value, it is also extremely efficient in reducing the level of noise in open-plan contemporary workplaces. As a result, the Mounted Planter Box is ideal for busy commercial, educational or hospitality venues.

Created for relaxed, friendly moments, the Lotus Side Table is easy to place in any type of environment. The iconic shape of the lotus plant inspires the form of this table.

Living walls (also known as green walls, vertical gardens and plant walls) are a great way to reintroduce nature into the urban environment and workspace.

We create both interior and exterior green walls across Australia using the proven ANS Living Wall system. The living wall will give your building an original and lush look as well as creating an eco-friendly environment.

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