What is Biophilic Design?

Biophilic Design is to change the future of design. 


While not a new style of design, biophilic design of the past was intuitive, common, and the craftsmanship of the past enhanced the quality of buildings with natural motifs, natural materials, and embracing nature. 


Those principles are not so common place anymore.  Materials are synthetic and carry and distribute toxins in the air for years.   Once buildings started reaching up to the sky we forgot to bring the natural elements of earth with us.   Design  for design sac has taken hold.  In a post-modern world ,the more proudly bold and devoid of nature the more desired the building. With little regard is has forgotten its way.


As the pendulum swings back from and era of blank walls, little detail, a new era has begun:



The New Era of Biophilic Design and Wellness.

According to Stephen Kellert, Biophilic Design is a deliberate attempt to translate an understanding of the inherent humans affinity to affliate with natural systems and processes- known as biophilia - into the design of the built environment (Kellert 2008). However, this designer would go so far as to say Biophilic Design is a scientific-based design philosophy focusing on connection to nature.


Biophilic design uses the theory of Biophilia as a foundation to which components of design harness a mentally restorative state.


Biophilia is defined by EO Wilson is our innate tendency to focus on life in life like processes (Wilson 1986).


Stephen Kellert outlined nine biophilic values of how we feel or perceive that connection to nature. On a scale from biophilia to bio-indifference to bio phobia, the biophilia values, Examples include ecological-scientific biophilia value which is the study of nature systems or the negativistic biophilia value which is an aversion to nature like someone who is fearful of the deep sea. These are just two of the biophilia values.


Although much interest is focused in on Stephen Kellert’s 6 elements and 54 attributes about biophilic design, Stephen Kellert put much of his focus on the biophilia principles and what constitutes a biophilic design.


As a design team, it’s of great importance that we synthesize the elements and attributes laid out by Steven Kellert's philosophies, into a workable framework to achieve functional biophilic goals.


Under the umbrella of biophilic design remains many different design concentrations: examples include historic, cultural, and ecological preservation, biomimicry, toxin reduction, connection to nature, forest bathing, indoor air quality, and daylighting / thermal comfort just to name a few.

Our Biophilic Consulting services offers a specialist to direct our clients in the array of facets of biophilic design.