Sourced from Pebble Magazine
Haven’t you always dreamed of living in a space that connects you to the peace and tranquility of nature? Biophilic design, which seeks to connect people and nature in buildings, can make this dream a reality. Amanda Sturgeon, author of Creating Biophilic Buildings, shares her 10 ways to bring biophilic design into your home in 2018.
We spend 90% of our time inside buildings and much of that is in our homes, which should provide a respite from our busy and stressful lives. We value being connected to nature in our homes, we are happy to pay more for homes that have a view, are next to the water or a park.
But even without the view or waterfront, homes can be designed to connect us with nature in simple and subtle ways. Especially if we pay attention to how we, as humans, have interacted with nature over the thousands of years. For example, did you know that our brains are mapped to react like the hunter gatherer species we have been for most of our existence on earth?
That means that we like to have prospect and refuge, for example, which is the ability to be protected while we see what is coming ahead. We see this play out subconsciously in a restaurant when the booths are all full first and the tables in the middle are filled last – generally we don’t like to have our backs to a room.
We also have a natural curiosity when we are in nature, strongly evident when we are kids, that leads us to discover spaces in nature that offer protection, mystery and excitement. How can we learn from this innate relationship we have with nature and design our homes to connect us consciously and unconsciously to it?
Studies show that when we are connected to daylight and views at work we are sick less and are more focused and productive. In our homes, we can feed our sense of wellbeing by blurring the division between inside and outside and bringing nature in through natural patterns and materials.