An Introduction to Biophilic Design
Biophilia is a ‘love of life or living systems’. It’s our inherent human connection to the natural world. In an urban world of technology and industrial architecture, this fundamental connection can sometimes feel all but lost. Biophilic design is an innovative way to harness this affinity in order to create natural environments for us to live, work and learn. By consciously including nature in interior or architectural design, we are unconsciously reconnecting; bringing the great outdoors in to our constructed world.
As pioneers in sustainability, Interface advocate biophilic design and know it is critical to human health to include natural systems and processes in our buildings and constructed landscapes. Over 50 studies worldwide, including our Human Spaces Report with psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper, have proven the positive effects nature or environments that mimic nature have on overall health and well-being.
What are the benefits of Biophilic Design?
Get Inspired by Biophilic Design
Biophilic design is incorporating nature into our built environment and designing inspirational and restorative places that connect humans to their surroundings.
Not every space can be designed to incorporate all the principles of biophilic design, but there are often many contributory elements that will collectively enhance the interior and the wellbeing of those within it. It’s more than just the addition of a pot plant or two! Natural light, vegetation, living walls, natural textures, and materials, and nature views will provide a positive impact. Look to nature for your inspiration.
Interface explore the power of biophilic inspired designs through our collections; which directly mimic natural surfaces and textures.
Biophilic Design Resources- Human Spaces
Read the full Human Spaces Research Reports to learn more on our findings.