“Sustainability” is a word you’ve probably heard a lot in recent years. It’s true that we need to change the way we live in order to minimize our impact on their environment as the population surges. But that’s a lot easier to do when we design structures and landscapes with sustainability in mind from the outset, rather than trying to work within outdated concepts later. That’s the point of biophilic design, which focuses on wellbeing and sustainability, by combining a reverence of nature with architectural and landscape design.
Biologist and writer Edward O. Wiley introduced the idea of biophilic design in his 1984 book, Biophilia. So it’s not even a new concept! But the biophilic design trend is gaining incredible speed lately, as public attention shifts toward ideas that help us to reconnect with nature.
Most of us have become aware that we’re unhappy living in concrete jungles devoid of much plant life or other connection with the natural world. In addition, more “green” designs help us to minimize our impact upon the very environment we enjoy. Biophilic design incorporates several core features, including:
- Natural light, which is good for our circadian rhythms
- Ventilation for to bring fresh air indoors
- A focus on natural forms and shapes
- Views of nature, both real (via large windows) or imagery (murals, paintings, etc)
- Natural colors and earth tones
- Green walls and rooftops
- Elements from nature, such as plants and water
Are your mental gears turning yet? Yes, you can incorporate the elements of biophilic design into any space, whether you’re renovating your current home or planning to build a new one. If you want to include your landscape in this process, call us to learn more about our design process. We can help you feel more connected with nature, while creating responsible and sustainable designs for you home.