Biophilic Interior Design: The need of the hour

Our world is evolving at a breakneck pace. Urbanization, rising pollution levels, cultural instability, and shifting economic orders have all contributed to a stressful atmosphere. Furthermore, the Covid-19 epidemic has thrown us back into a state of uncertainty and isolation, which has harmed our physical and mental health. As we roll back into post covid environment, it is paramount for us to incorporate health and well-being as ultimate drivers. Integrating direct or indirect natural components into the built environment aids in the management of heart rate and stress while also improving productivity and creativity. The Biophilic approach is regarded as one of the most advanced design techniques to incorporate natural elements to build a sustainable environment and promote well-being.

What is Biophilic Design?

A term popularized by American biologist Edward O Wilson in the 1980s, Biophilia focuses on humanity’s innate attraction to nature and natural processes. It proposes that we all have a genetic connection to the natural world built up through hundreds of thousands of years of living in rustic settings. Biophilic design is an approach to architecture that connects spaces occupants more closely to nature. Biophilic designed buildings integrate concepts, such as natural lighting and ventilation, natural landscape features, and other elements for creating a more productive and healthy built environment for people.

Benefits of biophilic design.

There have been numerous studies over many years on the benefits of the inclusion of biophilic architecture sustainably and optimally.

Residential: The well-being of the residents is the major focus in residential projects, which is claimed to help in generating a soothing impact. Exposure to natural light through daylighting systems boosts the Vitamin-D absorption in our body and is extremely helpful for a consistent sleep cycle. Green walls, for example, are biophilic features that improve interior air quality.

Workplace: In offices, biophilic elements promote the well-being of the company’s workforce, lead to good staff retention, and ultimately powered productivity, creativity, and engagement.
Healthcare: Health care centers are required to have a calming effect on recovering patients. Access to comforting and pure air quality has psychological and physical impacts both on patients and the staff. 
Retail: Integration of biophilic designs such as natural daylighting systems, have a positive buying effect on the consumers and increase sales.

The Bottom Line.

Simply inserting an object of nature into a human-built environment, if unrelated with other more dominant characteristics of the setting, exert a less positive impact on the occupants. Biophilic design is all about the optimal use of materials obtained from nature and infusing the forms and patterns of nature into space. Imitating and analyzing the surrounding ecosystem helps architects/designers create spaces that resonate with human emotions to connect with nature.
We at  Uniworks Designs, a leading architectural firm, are known for our intelligent design solutions. We promote optimal use of the biophilic concept in crafting architectural interventions for our clients. In this way, we meet several clients, with specific objectives to encourage a sustainable and healthy environment.