Biophilic Design isn’t just a matter of open blinds and couple plants within the interior. It’s the magic incorporated with science and design. UK study found that people living in urban areas with access to green environment were happier and had lower number of mental issues. Also, human brain responds to naturally repeated patterns like snowflakes, roaring fires and setting suns, crashing waves. The process of viewing these repeated patterns lower stress level, improve cognitive function and enhance creativity.
Biophilic Design can lower blood pressure and heart rate, minimize the production of stress hormones and elevate mood.
The other biophilic design principles incorporate use of organic materials, air flow and temperature changes across the skin, variations of light and shadow as they occur in nature, presence of water and sense of season changes. Natural soundscapes can mask traffic noise which reduce brain fatigue and improve motivation.
“Many buildings apply elements of biophilic design. Spain’s Moorish masterpiece, the Alhambra in Granada, uses cool breezes, trickling fountains and fragrant herbs to inspire and delight. In Vienna, the Hundertwasser House has uneven floors that are “a melody for the feet.” Singapore’s vertical gardens reduce energy consumption while lifting the spirits. New York’s High Line not only attracts four million visitors a year, but also mitigates the urban heat island effect. The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne features a large-scale atrium aquarium and meerkat enclosure, while the breakout spaces in NAB’s spectacular Green Star-certified 700 Bourke Street in Melbourne feel more like life-sized terrariums than offices”. (See more at: http://sourceable.net/good-interior-design-more-than-just-a-couple-of-pot-plants/#sthash.l247UXJm.dpuf)
Biophilic Design is not only good for people but it is also good for planet. It is a continuous circulation of elements which is like nature keep on giving.