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BESPOKE TALK Series: The Use of Biophilic Design in both Residential and Commercial Architecture

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Biophilic design is an approach to architecture and design that incorporates elements of nature into the built environment. The concept of biophilia, which proposes that humans have an innate connection to nature, is the foundation of this approach. The goal of biophilic design is to improve human well-being, create more sustainable and livable spaces, and increase the connection between people and nature. Biophilic design can be applied in both residential and commercial architecture.


In recent years, the concept of biophilic design has gained popularity in architecture and design. Biophilic design is an approach that incorporates elements of nature, such as plants, water, and natural light, into the built environment to improve human well-being and create sustainable and livable spaces. Techniques include green roofs, living walls, natural ventilation systems, and the use of natural materials like wood and stone in building design.

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Incorporating water elements, like fountains, pools and waterfalls, into the built environment through biophilic design can also improve people's quality of life by helping them feel closer to the outdoors. Both residential and commercial architecture can benefit from the incorporation of water elements, for example, providing a sense of tranquility and relaxation in residential areas, and a sense of community and relaxation in commercial areas, while improving air quality through the release of negative ions.


RESIDENTIAL BIOPHILIA

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In residential architecture, biophilic design can be incorporated through the use of natural materials, such as wood and stone, and the integration of natural elements, such as plants, water, and natural light. For example, incorporating a green roof or living wall into a residential design can provide benefits such as improved air quality and insulation, as well as an increased sense of connection to nature. The use of natural light and ventilation can also improve energy efficiency and overall well-being of the residents.


Open floor plans, which allow for the integration of natural elements and natural light into the living space, is an example of biophilic design in residential architecture. Another example is the use of green roofs or terraces, which can provide additional outdoor space for residents and also improve air quality and insulation. These elements of biophilic design can help to create a sense of connection to nature and provide a sense of tranquility within the home.


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COMMERCIAL BIOPHILIA

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In commercial architecture, the incorporation of biophilic design elements is becoming increasingly popular as research has shown that it can have a positive impact on employee productivity and well-being. For example, incorporating green roofs and living walls into a commercial building design can provide benefits such as improved air quality, insulation, and stormwater management. The use of natural light and ventilation can also improve energy efficiency and overall well-being of the employees.


The incorporation of living walls into the building's façade is an example of biophilic design in commercial architecture. These vertical gardens can have a number of benefits, such as improving air quality, reducing the urban heat island effect, and providing a visual connection to nature for employees. Another example is the use of green roofs, which can provide a number of benefits, such as reducing the need for air conditioning, decreasing stormwater runoff, and providing additional outdoor space for employees.

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However, it is important to note that the incorporation of biophilic design elements should be done in an appropriate and harmonious way. Incorrectly applied or overused, biophilic design elements may create negative effects, such as creating a sense of confinement or overwhelming spaces with nature. Therefore, a balance should be struck between the incorporation of natural elements and the functionality and design of the built environment.

In conclusion, the use of biophilic design in residential and commercial architecture can provide a range of benefits, from improved well-being to energy savings. As research continues to demonstrate the positive impact of nature on human health and well-being, it is likely that the use of biophilic design in architecture will continue to grow in popularity. It is important to consider the appropriate use of biophilic design elements to achieve the desired effects and to strike a balance between functionality and design.

 

Ar. Neil John Bersabe

Lead Architect


John Michael Jalandra

Content Writer

 

BERSABARC Design Studio 2023



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