Biophilia

Biophilia

Connect with Nature.
Innate Human Connection with Nature.
Open Sky and limitless heights of ceiling

Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development. Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.

In a study, it was found that the quality of hospital design influenced patients, with aesthetically pleasing spaces having a positive impact on energy levels and well-being. Further to this, research shows that the presence of natural elements indoors can evoke the same benefits as the outdoor environment, supporting the case for biophilic hospital design.

Research shows positive psychological well-being was greater amongst patients who had a window view of natural elements such as trees or green landscapes, over those who had plain walls with no windows.

The inherent love of nature is naturally built in all of us. It goes without saying that there are many such hidden benefits and advantages of such a scenery which is now coming to be recognised as a vital essential aspect towards health recovery. Therefore, displaying such pictures of nature in hospital wards and health care units, where the mood is always gloomy and one of panic, is bound to play a role of a potent mechanism to aid uplift mood and help a patient to feel better.

Given the lifestyle one leads today, there is very little chance that we don’t get as much to see any landscape as we need it. Therefore, filling up the gap are innovative infrastructural products like virtual window panels or landscape windows, skylights, sky ceilings, panoramic murals can have positive psychological effects on people and even enhance task performance at work.

In the recent times, research has proven that breezy nature, open and clean landscapes and colorful flora promotes healing at hospitals while improving performance at offices. Such scenery or viewing nature or even impressions of nature and nature-inspired aesthetics increases well- being and reduces stress a psycho-physiological benefit.

Virtual window panels, sky lights, sky ceilings etc. depicting nature, extends a feeling of space while enhancing illusions of depth, heightened feeling of happiness and joy. Patients as well as their assisted care, who are already stressed about ill health, feel a great sense of calm pervading with such nature-inspired lights. Even the hospital staff who are constantly on the move, taking care of patients etc. are also put in a mood that is elevating thus optimising their output as well as medical care.

Although investigation into the benefits of biophilia for individual well-being is relatively new, there is clearly mounting evidence that biophilic design can have a positive impact, from reducing stress and anxiety, to improving the quality and availability of respite from treatments and in increasing levels of self-reported wellbeing. There are clear links between these findings and areas of hospital psychology which merit biophilia as a consideration within hospitals’ wider well-being strategies.





NATURAL HEALING WITH BIOPHILIA



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