Take a walk in a park or spend some time in a garden and your troubles will start to melt away. Studies have shown that weaving greenery into a concrete jungle helps to boost one’s mood, improve creativity and productivity, and even quickens one’s recovery from illness.
Intertwining nature and architecture is not just a matter of putting more plants in an otherwise sterile office, or making room for a small garden in the middle of a condominium. The art of instilling the environment in man-made designs, so that the link to nature is sustained and beneficial, is at the heart of a concept called biophilic design.
Coined by renowned biologist Edward Wilson in 1984, “biophilia” refers to people’s instinctive need for nature. Biophilic design is architecture that fulfils that need. The natural elements in such designs – including skylights, waterfalls, flora and curved lines that resemble nature’s handiwork – are connected and complementary.