Biophilia: Fad or Future?
One of the harsh lessons the pandemic taught us is the significance of nature. Isolated inside four walls magnified our feelings of restlessness. That’s when the Biophilic concept ‘humans need to connect with nature’ gained prominence.
From work, shopping to entertainment we spend nearly 80 percent of our time indoors and that’s where we’re losing touch with nature. While urbanization brought benefits, it reduced our access to wilderness and left us longing for its tranquility. This is why amalgamating nature into interiors becomes increasingly important to maintain the inherent connection between humans and nature.
Biophilia is an innate tendency of humans to connect with nature and other living beings. This foundational concept utilizes nature’s elements, materials, patterns in spaces to minimize barriers between humans and nature in creative and sustainable ways.
Have you ever noticed the solution to a problem flashed your mind when strolling in the woods? Nature has power to elevate cognitive function, promote creativity, boost physical health, and uplift psychological well-being. More than just a philosophy, Biophilic designs are turning a top office trend and its popular elements have become part of the office design:
Natural lightThrough open floor plan with lofty floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights, the rays of the sun infiltrates spaces. Exposure to natural light has been found to improve mood, boost concentration and ward off lethargy.
Green foliageNature themed artwork has introduced a lot of indoor plants into office interiors. In the form of climbing creepers, plant covered walls, and potted decor the presence of plants brings in freshness, that reduces mental fatigue and boosts productivity.
Natural materialsElements of wood and bamboo in furniture and panelling reduce the presence of chemicals found in common construction materials and breathe serenity into the atmosphere.
Water elements Incorporation of water elements such as pebbles over a shallow pond, cascading water feature, indoor reflection pools, fountains, fishponds, and water walls simulate a calming effect and help one to concentrate better.
Consistent exposure to nature’s element reduces stress, enhances mood and positively impacts our happiness. Supporting longevity Biophilic designs would also ensure that our future generations maintain an affinity with nature, so that they will grow up appreciative of nature’s power and turn stewards of the planet they live in.
Alvina Clara, Content Writer, emQube