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 and psychological benefits, which can lead to improving our health and well-being. Whether it’s an interior refurbishment or creating large scale architectural interventions, Biophilic design principles can be applied to help improve many types of spaces that we inhabit on a daily basis.

The hospitality space room is for many a retreat; somewhere to relax and to restore our mind and body after a long day. Creating Biophilic spaces within the hospitality sector has the dual benefit of having positive effects on both employees, as well as guests, improving focus, motivation and productivity. As a result, greater satisfaction from employees and visitors can lead to recommendations by word of mouth and positive reviews.

How can we implement Biophilic design within the hospitality sector?

 In the Sleep Set, Heath Design will be demonstrating the following Biophilic Design principles:

  1. Optimise natural light by making use of windows, skylights and reflective surfaces. If a space lacks natural light, then circadian lighting systems can be incorporated to mimic natural light throughout the day, to help regulate our sleep/wake cycles and to stabilise hormones.
  1. Incorporate a range of natural patterns and textures, which mimic natural elements. These indicative materials can help to strengthen the guest’s connection with nature; making them feel more calm and relaxed. Bright colours from nature’s palette i.e. green, red and blue can also boost creativity, concentration and productivity.
  1. Increase views onto nature or greenery, to create visual interest and help strengthen the guest’s connection with the outdoors.
  1. Improve air quality and ventilation by making windows and thermostats easily accessible. This will allow the guest to have control over their thermal comfort.
  1. Recuperative spaces are secluded “safe” areas for guests to retreat to and unwind. They prevent distraction and create a calm space to relax, concentrate and be productive.
  1. Enable a sense of prospect by creating vistas across the interior and to the outdoors. This has the ability to create excitement as well as boosting the guest’s mood and behaviour.

If you would like to come and experience Into the Woods and Faraway, or would like to know more about how Biophilic Design principles can improve hospitality spaces, then come and visit the Interface Sleep Set stand at the Sleep Event, Business Design Centre in London (24-25 November).



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