What Is Biophilia?

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Biophilia is a word that we’re starting to hear a lot more of and it’s starting to have an increasing influence on interior design and architecture. Basically, the term ‘biophilia’ means a love of life or living things. It means that we have a passionate and deeply ingrained attraction to nature and biological need for contact with the natural world.  Now, if you are to stop and think about a place where you feel calm and relaxed, what is it that you imagine? Do you see beautiful colours? Trees perhaps? Something natural and beautiful?

This is what biophilia is: an appreciation for the feeling nature gives us. Now, this term might be a relatively new one, however, the concept is something that dates back to ancient times. Humans have always felt an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. This is because the appearance of the natural world is far more diverse than the one we are generally surrounded by. Therefore, we feel the need to add different shapes, colours and life to our daily routines.

The use of plants and other living decor is something that we, as humans, need to help reduce our stress, enhance our creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite our healing. As we grow older and our responsibilities increase and our stress begins to grow, these qualities are ever more important.

We all know the positive effects plants have on our mentality, but perhaps not all of us realise our internal, and sometimes subconscious, desire for more natural surroundings. Since our natural habitat is largely man-made environment, many of us seek biophilic design to satisfy our innate need to affiliate with nature in these modern buildings and cities. A green wall in the middle of a shopping centre, plants on every desk in the office or even a home with an aesthetic garden are enough to make us feel like we’re surrounded by nature.

Biophilic design is about focusing on the aspects of the natural world that have contributed to human health and productivity as well as the emphasis on the overall environment. Creating a biophilic space for yourself and your workplace is about embracing multiple factors such as natural light, colour and providing your staff with choices.

A biophilic office design will not only add to the aesthetics of your workspace but also promote wellbeing, boost staff engagement, produce Vitamin D and increase the positivity of the office. From green walls to colourful pot plants and exotic looking landscapes, there are endless ways to integrate biophilia into your workspace. It all comes down to the feeling you want to evoke in your workspace and employees. If you’re a little unsure how to achieve the biophilic environment you’re wanting, that’s where we come in.

Our plant experts will come to your workplace and work with you to come up with the most fitting and effective biophilic design for your space. You tell us what you want and we’ll make it happen!

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