Biophilic design draws on elements in nature and our connections to them as bases for creating man-made spaces. Writing in the Shepley Bulfinch blog, Sonja Bochart highlights six biophilic design principles as represented in recent projects in health care and education.
Although some of the elements spotlighted, such as the direct connection with nature or the use of natural light are intuitive, others, such as the variability in scale of elements and patterns or the provision for spaces of prospect and refuge, are less obvious. The projects discussed provide good examples of biophilic principles as applied in practice.
It is worth paying attention to biophilic principles because learning spaces designed with such principles appear to confer benefits in terms of well-being and cognitive performance.