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biophilic design guide

what is biophilic design?

Biophilic design is a bridge between design, nature and wellbeing. Translating the essence of nature into design solutions, biophilic design creates spaces that actively support health and wellbeing while restoring a balanced relationship between people and the natural world.

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biophilic design resources

Cover of the ebook ‘applying biophilic design’+visual library.

applying biophilic design

a comprehensive guide on the application of biophilic design

ebook + visual library + mentoring

The book ‘a biophilic year’.

a biophilic year

365 thoughts on the essence and practice of biophilic design


biophilic design introduction

What follows is an overview of Biophilic Moodboards, a column from anooi blog that explores the main principles of biophilic design one moodboard at a time…
(based upon the 14 patterns framework conceptualized by Terrapin Bright Green).

click on each pattern below to read a dedicated article from the blog, or download the free publication Biophilic Design Introduction


  1. visual connection with nature
    view of natural elements from within a space.

  2. non-visual connection with nature
    interactions with nature through other senses: sound, touch, smell and taste.

  3. non-rhythmic sensory stimuli
    unpredictable and non-repetitive movements recalling those happening in nature (birds chirping, leaves moving in a breeze…)

  4. thermal and airflow variability
    variability in air temperature and flow, changes in relative humidity and varying surface temperatures.

  5. presence of water
    use of water and water-mimicking solutions as design features.

  6. dynamic and diffuse light
    varying lighting intensities and light changes over time evoking the natural cycle of day and night.

  7. connection with natural systems
    awareness of seasonal and temporal changes stimulated by design solutions.


  1. biomorphic forms and patterns
    nature-inspired textures, shapes and patterns.

  2. material connection with nature
    natural materials and elements that reflect the local environment in terms of ecology or geology.

  3. complexity and order
    rich sensory features recalling natural spatial hierarchies (otherwise called fractal patterns).


  1. prospect
    uninterrupted views over a distance creating feelings of calm and safety.

  2. refuge
    sense of protection from movements and activities happening in the surroundings.

  3. mystery
    partially obscured views stimulating curiosity about the unknown.

  4. risk/peril
    balanced combination of a perceived sense of risk and the rational knowledge of safety.

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Overview of the biophilic design publications from anooi shop