Biophilic Design Trends 2019

6 Biophilic Design Trends for 2019

 The green architecture movement 

Simply put, Biophilia  mean the love of nature.  The terms was originally coined by Phycologist  Edward O. Wilson in 1984.  He proposed the possibility that the deep affiliations humans have with other life forms and nature as a whole are rooted in our biology. Unlike phobias, which are the aversions and fears that people have of things in their environment, philias are the attractions and positive feelings that people have toward organisms, species, habitats, processes and objects in their natural surroundings. 

Today Biophilic Design stands as the latest evolution of the green architecture movement of the last 30 years. What’s impressive, however, is how quickly this revolutionary design movement that integrates nature and natural patterns into building architecture, exploded onto the scene, moving from relative obscurity to the forefront of the commercial design world in just a few years.  With this article we intend to highlight what we recognize as the top 6 trends in bioophilic design for 2019. Our hope is to inform and inspire. 


1, Greenery is at the heart of the biophilic design movement. Its arguably the design concept that has the biggest effect in terms of promoting productivity, well being, and ecological design solutions. options include artificial and natural green walls as well as hanging plants and planters.


Water Features

4. Our minds and bodies appreciate the presence of water. Interventions that add the presence of water to spaces have several health benefits, among them lowered blood pressure, lowered heart rate, and memory restoration. Empirical research has found that the presence of water increases feelings of tranquility and is an overall preference.


2. Wood may be the most used  biophilically-designed construction elements. From simple aesthetic flourishes to large-scale wooden architectural installments, wood is a central part of the biophilic revolution. The right wood combination can create a lush natural tone that is both inspirational and calming. 


5. Carpet and flooring designs are taking biophilia seriously. They are incorporating uniquely biophilic design characteristics such as natural stone, wood, forest floors, and more into their concepts. The goal is to create natural textures for floors that have the same distinct qualities as natural environments such as the forest floor, a meadow, or a riverbed.

Natural Light

3. from windows to skylights and statement ceiling designs to circadian lighting installations, the ceiling is the next frontier for interior designers and architects. Form a biophilic design point of view the focus is to incorporate natural light when posible or mimic said light when necessary. 

Natural Tones

6. While the presence of real nature is far better to reap the physiological and psychological benefits of biophilic design, elements that mimic nature are not without some benefit, too. Addition of natural paintings and the utilization of biomorphic patterns also improve perception of space when it’s simply not possible to add a window or entirely retrofit an existing space. 

Some of our favorite biophilic design spaces from the web

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