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A Biophilic Kindergarten

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Education, Healthy spaces

the Fuji Kindergarten by Tezuka Architects 2007 Following the previous blog, we can see that Biophilic design within educational settings can have a positive impact on the health and well-being of both students and teachers. Whilst on the hunt for Biophilic educational spaces, we came across this inspiring case study that uses many human-centred design principles, which help to strengthen …

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Learning from Nature: Biophilic Educational Spaces

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Education, Schools

Our built environment features a huge range of educational buildings, of all different scales and capacities: from small nurseries through to vast schools and university campuses – many of which resemble self-contained villages. However, what these buildings all have in common is that staff members and students inhabit them on a daily basis in order to teach and learn. Research …

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The Biophilia Benefit – Improving the Workplace Naturally

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Healthy spaces

Biophilia is an upcoming science and style, which is being interpreted and applied to design in many sophisticated ways. The design approach involves putting human needs at the forefront of the built environment. Each of the following master plans (some of which are not built yet) have been designed for large scale corporations, with an emphasis on improving employees’ productivity, …

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Mindful Working Environments

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Eco Homes, Healthy spaces, Lighting, Materials, Recycling / upcycling

Busy modern day offices, particularly open-plan and collaborative spaces, are filled with many disruptive noises: phones ringing, machines whirring, photocopiers beeping and other people’s conversations. In fact, research demonstrates that we are distracted once every 11 minutes whilst at work and it can take us 23 minutes to regain our concentration. This can make it extremely difficult to remain focused …

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Sleep Event 2015 – Business Design Centre, London

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Hospitality Design, Hotel Design

As part of this year’s Sleep Event, Oliver Heath Design is creating a hotel room set, which utilises and demonstrates various Biophilic design principles. ‘Into the Woods and Far Away’ aims to soothe the guest as well as strengthen their innate connection with nature. With over 30 years of scientific research, Biophilic design has been proved to have many physiological …

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Biophilic Design comes to Norway

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Eco Homes, Healthy spaces, Lighting, Materials

Tid for Hjem for Norways TV2’s            This dark dingy, unused basement space was in need of some attention. Oliver recently used Biophilic design principles to transform the room into a productive, creative and energising environment. Before, the L-shaped room lacked natural light and a connection with nature. By incorporating a new window plus bright white, reflective surfaces, the …

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Biophilia – the future of eco design, health and well being?

oliver General, Healthy spaces

As a designer passionate about the built environment and sustainability, incorporating a sense of nature has been a recurring theme to much of my design and media work. These ideas are neatly summed up under the concept of “Biophilic design”, and over the last 30 years there has been an outpouring of fascinating research and data demonstrating the benefits of …

Breathing spaces are better spaces – how nature is helping purify our living spaces

oliver General, Healthy spaces, Materials, Natural stuff

We ask a lot from the spaces that we inhabit; practicality, durability, energy , aesthetics, acoustics. But where health does that sit within our requirements? It goes without saying that our health is improved by regular fresh air changes through controlled ventilation. But before the times of MVHR (mechanical ventilation and heat recovery) systems there were other ways that the …