Biophilic Design

Kim Hoff, Design Director at Kieding recently wrote about Biophilic Design for CREJ’s March 2018 publication. What is Biophilic Design? Biophilia is defined as the inherent human inclination to affiliate with nature. Biophilic design, an extension of biophilia, incorporates natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature views and other experiences of the natural world into the modern built environment. “The term was coined by social psychologist Eric Fromm in 1964, but the concept goes back to the very genesis of mankind. That is, human beings are wired to respond favorably to nature. That’s the condensed version, of course, but there is no lack of evidence to bolster the claim.”

Kim writes, “biophilic design’s direct benefits include natural light, plants, water and air. That is, integrating those natural elements into an office design will enhance the well-being of its inhabitants.” Depending on your industry you may be at work more than at home awake. Bringing natural elements inside is very important to most companies when working on new design. For me, lighting is very important. I’m writing this from my desk with the overhead lights off because my natural lighting is wonderful. The only times I turn my lights on are if it’s very early, late in the day or we’re experiencing bad weather.

Click here to read Kim’s full article.

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