Why is Biophilic Design Important? 3 Reasons

Biophilic design is rooted in the idea that humans have an innate relationship with nature, and that the spaces we inhabit should include natural elements to increase that connection. Homeowners, municipalities and organizations across communities have embraced biophilic design inside their buildings. But why is biophilic design important to incorporate in these spaces? 

1. Biophilic Design Adds Beauty

Nature is timeless, and offers beautiful scenes in any season. Architects and designers that take their cues from nature and prioritize incorporating outdoor elements can create spaces that stay beautiful for years to come. 

Designers and architects looking to incorporate live plants within biophilic designs should consider working with interior plantscapers. Interiorscapers know exactly how to design a plantscape in regards to light and condition requirements to help maximize plant longevity. 

2. Biophilic Design Improves Well-Being

For years, humans lived, worked and played in close proximity to nature. Though we’ve become accustomed to homes, offices and urban sprawl, these spaces are not our natural habitat. Our connection to nature often plays into a person’s overall well-being. 

Various studies over the years have found quantitative evidence for the benefits of biophilic design. In the presence of nature, people experience improved moods and concentration, lower blood pressure, and even reduced stress. 

These benefits of improved well-being not only help people stay calm and centered, but can also help to improve overall joy. For employers, this can be important to help retain and reduce stress from team members. In residences, biophilic design can make coming home from a stressful day a much more relaxing experience.

3. Biophilic Design Creates Inviting Spaces

Humans have a tendency to prefer spending time in well-designed and comfortable spaces. 

One study on biophilic designs in hotels found that 36 percent of occupants in the lobby were actively using the space, as opposed to 25 percent in standard hotel lobbies. Additionally, in an analysis of online reviews, hotel locations that incorporate biophilic elements received more mentions about the “experience” at the hotel as compared to more standard hotels.

By extension, places that incorporate natural elements create places where people want to spend their time. For businesses, this can mean customers leave with a positive interaction. For residential biophilic design, natural additions can help make spaces more comfortable for making connections.

As more people and places adopt biophilic design, additional studies and environmental effects will bring to light more reasons why biophilic design is important. Until we’re able to observe more of those benefits, we want to learn from you. Comment below! Why is biophilic design important to you? 

Allison is a budding plant person looking to share what she learns from horticulture and other subject matter experts. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Anderson University and is a SEO and Outreach Specialist at NewPro Containers. Her experience in PR and marketing has given her the skills to distill key facts and advice clearly and concisely across various platforms and mediums. When she is not researching new plants to add to her growing collection, she enjoys going on motorcycle rides and watching road-trip movies.

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