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Biophilic design guide

About biophilic design

Biophilic design represents 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.

It’s an approach that resonates deeply with anooi’s philosophy: nourishing spaces.

Biophilic design introduction

The theory behind biophilic design has been translated into design frameworks to facilitate practical applications.

Biophilic Moodboards is a column from anooi blog that explores the main principles of biophilic design one moodboard at a time, taking the 14 patterns framework as a reference. A downloadable overview of the column is available in the free publication Biophilic Design Introduction.

Nature in the space

Nature in the space: incorporating nature and its features in designed spaces.

01 Visual connection with nature:

view of natural elements from within a space.

02 Non-visual connection with nature:

interactions with nature through other senses: sound, touch, smell and taste.

03 Non-rhythmic sensory stimuli:

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

04 Thermal and airflow variability:

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

05 Presence of water:

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

06 Dynamic and diffuse light:

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

07 Connection with natural systems:

awareness of seasonal and temporal changes stimulated by design solutions.

Natural analogues

Natural analogues: mimicking or evoking natural features through design.

08 Biomorphic forms and patterns:

nature-inspired textures, shapes and patterns.

09 Material connection with nature:

natural materials and elements that reflect the local environment in terms of ecology or geology.

10 Complexity and order:

rich sensory features recalling natural spatial hierarchies (otherwise called fractal patterns).

Nature of the space

Nature of the space: taking inspiration from positive feelings that natural environments inspire.

11 Prospect:

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

12 Refuge:

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

13 Mystery:

partially obscured views stimulating curiosity about the unknown.

14 Risk/peril:

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

Biophilic moodboards by anooi studio

Beyond biophilic patterns

Biophilic design patterns are meant to facilitate practical applications in projects. Yet a biophilic approach to design goes way beyond a set of design patterns.

In a combination of physical and digital publications, anooi’s resources delve into these nuances, highlighting anooi’s perspective on the topic and covering the studio’s ongoing research in biophilic thinking and design.

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A Biophilic Year: book by anooi studio.