What is Biophilic design?

What is Biophilic design?

And why it is even more important in the aftermath of COVID-19 

BLOG POST : 8 Sept 2020 | Pooja Narayan | Director Architecture NBMA 


Biophilic design is an approach that seeks to connect building occupants more closely to nature, primarily by design that helps incorporate natural lighting and ventilation, natural landscape features and other elements for creating a more productive and healthy built environment for people. 

The months of lockdown and social isolation have shown us that the most beautiful of homes and the most luxurious interiors can still feel stifling if there is no connection with nature and the outside, most importantly the possibility of stepping out into a well designed haven of natural beauty. Outdoor spaces have the ability to calm us, and have a deep connection with our physical and mental wellness. 

Keeping that in mind, we have had many queries from people looking to set up terrace gardens and designed landscapes to literally be the breath of fresh air in their locked in life. We have had residents of farmhouses reach out to us to curate a better quality of outdoor spaces for them, that cater to different moods and activities, be it sit outs, tree houses, orchards, lap pools, pergolas, or conservatories.

This has also been a time where people have understood the value of zero waste lifestyles, and we have helped many households with waste management, composting, and hydroponic and organic farming, on scales ranging from terraces to farm houses. All of them have come back to say that they feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment, and a connection to nature by becoming part of the solution and contributing towards this responsibility towards the environment. 

Biophilic design is of great importance in not only in homes, but also in office spaces, where the quality of light, sound, view and connection with the outside has a direct impact on the productivity, happiness and attrition rates of employees. A thoughtfully designed terrace, courtyard, or garden can set the stage for many informal gatherings and celebrations. While designing the interiors, it’s important to keep in mind views from various desks and angles. 

Where have you felt the effect or absence or biophilic design the most in your surroundings? Tell us in the comments below..