Connection with nature and the wellness benefits it brings might seem like a modern phenomenon, but the concept can be traced way back in time. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, for instance, before the widespread adoption of antibiotics, people with pulmonary conditions such as tuberculosis were sent to a sanatorium where a combination of rest, a decent diet and, crucially, fresh air and being surrounded by nature, was used to treat their symptoms.
Bring the outdoors in
While vaccination has largely alleviated TB, everyday stresses and strains remain. Making changes to our lifestyle is usually the first remedy towards improving our health, however, bringing nature inside is becoming a popular way of incorporating wellbeing into residential design.
This goes hand in hand with the rise of biophilic design; a concept used within architecture and interiors to increase users’ exposure to direct or indirect nature. The concept is based on the Biophilia Hypothesis, first coined by Edward Wilson in 1984, which suggests that humans have a biological need to be in contact with nature, and that we all seek this connection.