Biophilic design is a term that refers to the use of your natural environment and surroundings as inspiration for buildings we live and work in. The idea stems from research done by Roger Ulrich, who found that patients recover faster when they’re exposed to nature. When you design spaces with biophilic principles in mind, you can create buildings that are more comfortable and enjoyable for those who inhabit them.
That makes sense right? As you know human beings have an innate connection to the natural world, that’s why we love to listen to crashing waves, watch the crackle of an open fire and listen to the rain when we are in the forest or a tent.
Benefits of Biophilic Design
Biophilia is a term coined by E. O Wilson in 1984 that describes our natural affinity to be attracted to life is the very essence of our humanity and binds us to all other living species.
- Good for the body; biophilic design can improve your health and well-being.
- Promotes happiness, productivity, engagement and higher levels of creativity.
Using biophilic design principles means allowing us to benefit from nature when inside, and to connect more easily to the nature around us. We use natural materials which have been shown to have a positive effect on our moods and emotions. Biophilic design also includes elements such as water, plants, natural light, and views of nature.
When these features are used together in an integrative way, they have been found to result in many benefits for occupants including:
- A reduction in stress levels
- An increase in happiness and productivity
- Speedier recovery from illness
- A sense of calm and well-being
- Improved air quality
- Enhanced focus and concentration
- Reduced symptoms of ADHD
- Increased creativity and problem solving ability.
In addition to the benefits listed above, biophilic design also helps conserve energy.
What does this mean in terms of design?
By incorporating natural elements into our built environment, such as oak frames, we create homes which offer real benefits to the people who live in them. Oak framed buildings rely strongly on the natural world and reinforce our natural surroundings whilst also being a sustainable and replenishable resource. The oak we use is responsibly sourced with a replanting scheme to bolster wood stock that we use.