Biophilic Urban Living

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Community, Eco Homes, Healthy spaces

Cities around the world are increasingly booming and expanding. According to the UN, nearly 70% of the world’s population will be living within urban environments by 2050. However, as we relocate to the city, we are becoming more and more distant from from nature. We might think that we have everything we need living in a city, however, a lack of access to …

Biophilic Retail Spaces

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Healthy spaces, Hospitality Design

Retail environments play a central role in our everyday lives – we all need those essentials like food and clothing. A recent House of Commons report stated that during 2014 alone, UK consumers spent around a huge £378 billion. Does the design of a shop have an influence on whether you enter it? Does the look and feel of a shop influence …

Urban-nature makeover for Tid for Hjem

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, colour, Furniture, Healthy spaces, Materials

The existing layout of the family room was lacking good circulation and the kitchen was isolated and dingy. We solved this by demolishing the wall next to the kitchen to create an open-plan interior where natural light could easily flow throughout the entire space. The new kitchen area now extends behind the fireplace into the rest of the room, however still remains …

A Focus on Nature: The Attention Restoration Theory

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Education, Healthy spaces, Uncategorized

When we spend a long period of time on a task without taking a break, we inevitably start to feel our attention span waning. Within modern working environments, we are faced with numerous tasks and activities throughout the day – and in order to get these done efficiently, they require consistent focus. However, excessive working and deadline pressures can increase …

A Natural Selection

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, colour, Healthy spaces, Materials

The selection of colours we come across everyday affect our mood and behaviour as well as the decisions we make – be it shopping, eating or decorating our home. But why is this? Why do some colours make us feel calm and energised whilst others leave us feeling irritated or sad? Schloss and Palmer’s theory “The Ecological Valence theory” explains our preferences for …

Biophilia in Healthcare Settings

Elly Deakin Biophilic design, Healthcare, Healthy spaces

Clinical environments can be unsettling for many, however research has demonstrated that these negative experiences can be relieved when we engage with nature. Hospital wards, waiting rooms and surgeries are all healthcare spaces where Biophilic design can be incorporated to provide physical and psychological benefits to ALL users – staff, patients and visitors. Overall, Biophilic spaces can reduce stress and …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …