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Embracing nature: The impact of Biophilic design in interior design and architecture

for man's is the tree of the field |Deuteronomy 20:19-20.

In these times we live in now, when people spend most of their time in closed spaces and the connection between us and nature is eroding, a new design concept has entered in recent years - biophilic design.

In the ever-evolving world of interior design and architecture, the concept of biophilic design has gained significant traction due to its ability to seamlessly blend the built environment with the natural world.

Biophilic design is more than just a trend; It is a holistic approach that emphasizes the integration of nature in our living and working spaces.

At the heart of biophilic design is the belief that humans have an innate human drive with nature. Combining elements such as natural light, plants and organic materials in interior spaces creates an environment that resonates with our primal instincts.

Studies indicate that exposure to nature within the places where we live and work can improve the feeling of well-being, reduce stress, and also increase creativity and productivity. Whether it is a small apartment or a large office, adding biophilic elements evokes a positive emotion in us.

So how do you create the biophilic connection in architectural planning and interior design?

In the field of architecture, the connection between the yard or the balcony and the interior of the house, apartment or even an office is a crucial element in a successful biophilic design.

Smooth transitions between interior and exterior spaces create a sense of continuity, blurring the boundaries between the built environment and the natural world. Creating a patio, planning large windows, glass doors and even openings in the ceiling with skylights allow natural light to enter and create the visual and physical connection with outdoor views, allowing people to feel surrounded by nature even when they are inside.

Skillet in the dining area by: PAUL

Even in spaces without a yard or balcony, this connection can be created in the aspect of interior design. It is recommended to incorporate vegetation in the spaces, whether it is potted plants scattered throughout the space and integrated together with the design elements in the project, or spacious green walls. The intentional use of natural materials, such as wood and stone, further strengthens the connection between the interior and exterior elements. For example: you can use stone and parquet floors which will give that physical feeling when you walk barefoot.

Furthermore, the symbiotic relationship between gardening and architectural design extends beyond aesthetics. Sustainable design methods, such as collecting rainwater and reusing it for garden maintenance, green roofs and energy-efficient landscaping, contribute to the overall ecological friendliness of a building.

Take for example the facade of a house facing south. This facade during the summer days, most of the time will be exposed to the sun, in order to filter the sun's rays, we can plant seasonal trees, which provide shade during the summer, and in the winter, since they are deciduous, they will allow the sun's rays to warm the facade.

In conclusion, biophilic design represents a paradigm shift in the way we approach interior design and architecture. The combination of vegetation and the connection of the exterior with the interior spaces are essential in creating an environment that not only looks amazing but also contributes to the well-being of the residents and employees. As we continue to recognize the importance of our connection with nature, biophilic design stands as a beacon of innovation, offering a harmonious integration of the natural and built environment for a more sustainable and enriching future.

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