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?

An environment devoid of nature can have a negative effect on health, productivity, and well-being. There is a direct correlation between clever space design and improved well-being and performance. Even simple changes to incorporate nature into our spaces can have a huge impact on how we feel where we work, live, learn, and heal. From workplaces and hospitals to urban living spaces and schools, studies have shown that adding biophilic elements to interiors can reduce stress, blood pressure, and heart rates—while increasing productivity, creativity, and overall well-being.

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

Human Spaces is a digital platform that explores the emerging movements of health, well-being, and biophilic design. Our conclusive report shows that biophilic work environments increase productivity rates and therefore long-term company profits. Visit our site and hear more from our experts, such as Oliver Heath and Professor Cary Cooper, for more in-depth knowledge.

Read the full Human Spaces Research Reports to learn more on our findings.

Biomimicry

Learning from nature to create modern design solutions is called biomimicry. At Interface, we take inspiration from nature’s genius to create more sustainable products, processes and systems. An example of this concept is i2®, our innovative approach to flooring design, or Tactiles®, which revolutionized the way modular flooring is installed in projects.
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