Biophilia (meaning love of nature) focuses on human’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes. It suggests that we all have a genetic connection to the natural world built up through hundreds of thousands of years of living in agrarian settings.
Biophilic Design uses these ideas as principles to create a human centered approach that when applied improves many of the spaces that we live and work in today, with numerous benefits to our health and well-being. Incorporating direct or indirect elements of nature into the built environment have been demonstrated through research to reduce stress, blood pressure levels and heart rates, whilst increasing productivity, creativity and self reported rates of well-being.
– Office design: productivity can be increased by 8%, rates of well-being up by 13%, increases in creativity, with reduced
absenteeism and presenteeism
– Hospitality design: Guests willing to pay 23% more for rooms with views of Biophilic elements
– Education spaces: increased rates of learning 20-25%, improved test results, concentration levels and attendance, reduced
impacts of ADHD
– Healthcare spaces: post-operative recovery times decreased by 8.5%, reduced pain medication by 22%
– Retail: the presence of vegetation & landscaping has been found to increase average rental rates on retail spaces with
customers indicating they were willing to pay 8-12 % more for goods and services.
– Homes: can become more calming & restorative, with 7-8 % less crime attributed to areas with access to nature and can
command an increase of 4-5% in property price.