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What Are Biophilic Design Basic Elements

Updated: Jun 3, 2022

What are Biophilic Design Basic Elements

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If I had to put it in one sentence - Biophilic design means connecting people with nature through the living and work environment and in that way increase overall human wellbeing. Not every contact with nature is beneficial to our health and wellbeing. If you would like to learn more in-depth what contact with nature is part of Biophilic Design, take a look at this post.

When it comes to the practice of Biophilic Design, there are three basic elements and twenty-five associated attributes. In this article, you will learn what the three elements are and how human fundamentally experience nature.

Biophilic Design Elements

1. The direct experience of nature.

This type of experience involves actual physical contact with natural features like air, water, light, fire, plants, weather, animals, landscapes and the views of the outdoors. Experiencing these features in the built environment is undoubtedly beneficial to our health, productivity and wellbeing. It can be incorporated into our homes with things like plants, trees, fountain, aquarium, maximising natural light, mimicking natural shades, etc. However, this is not the only way we could experience a Biophilic design.

Biophilic Design basic elements
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