Impact of Biophilic Design on Employees
Biophilic design can be described as the “urge to affiliate with other life forms”, and a true biophilic space goes beyond a few plants scattered around an open window. Its about focusing the design around elements of the natural world which improve human health and productivity. Biophilic Design can have a positive impact on employees in many ways. In this blog we will look at how.
Ideally, a building with a biophilic design would have a view of the natural world, whether that be a view of woodland areas or a balcony which overlooks a heathland. Of course, when the building is within a built-up area, a natural view must be man made and could incorporate a ‘living wall’ or trees planted around the building. This visual connection with nature has been connected to lower blood pressure and improved mental engagement.
Biophilic Design is not just visual stimuli, having a sense of touch, smell and hearing also needs to be stimulated. This is where textures, fragrances and physical stimuli come into play. By invigorating the other senses, studies have shown stress hormones reducing and cognitive performance improving leading to more tranquillity.
Temperature and airflow which replicate a natural environment also helps enhance overall connection with nature on a sensory level. This natural airflow has been known to positively impact comfort, wellbeing, productivity and concentration.
Whether it be through a water fountain or natural flow of water throughout the building, the presence of water ignites the senses as it is seen, heard and also touched. A flow of water within a building has been associated with reduced stress, lower heartrate and blood pressure.
Varying the intensity of light throughout the day in different areas of the working environment helps replicate natural lighting conditions. This Dynamic Lighting System has been known to positively impact circadian system which keeps us in sync, therefore also improving the sleep pattern.
Biophilic Design has been proven to improve wellbeing in a wide variety of industries. Seeing the principles of biophilic design be put into action can be truly inspiring and there are businesses and buildings across the world adopting this amazing approach to design.