Exterior and interior
Other elements include green walls and facades, and vertical gardens. Outside space such as balconies and courtyards provide a connection to the outdoors, and planting doesn’t have to be merely decorative either: there is a growing trend for urban farming. Materials such as wood also create a sense of warmth and wellbeing indoors.
Biophilic design benefits
“The nature-connectedness of some buildings presents all sorts of benefits in the living, working, learning, entertainment, and medical environments,” says a 2021 report. These range from improved physical health and mental well-being, quicker healing times in healthcare settings and improved cognitive function and productivity in workplaces.
Harmony between people and planet
Biophilic architecture can also play its part in saving the planet; for example, natural materials usually involve a lower embodied carbon footprint. Above all, biophilic design can help achieve a much needed sense of harmony, not just between body and mind, but also between buildings and nature.