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.
An environment devoid of nature can have a negative effect on health, productivity and well-being. This is particularly important in the corporate office sector.
Ill health and lack of well-being can result in poor performance and productivity, lost work time and increased costs. In the UK, work-related stress accounts for 35% of ill health and 43% of absenteeism, costing organisations an estimated £29 billion a year. In the United States, absenteeism costs employers an average of US$ 2,074 per employee, per year.
There is a direct correlation between clever work-space design and improved employee well-being and performance. Even simple changes to incorporate nature in the workplace can have a huge impact on how employees feel when they come to work, and how happy, creative and productive they feel when they are working.
Biophilic design is incorporating nature in to 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.
Join us at the Heliotropy and Biophilia event on the 2nd July 2018 where Biophilic design expert and Interface Partner, Oliver Heath will share more on biophilic design and open a discussion on how companies can change the way they think about biophilic design, sustainability, purposeful business.
Oliver Heath, Biophilic Design Ambassador – Interface