The idea of "Biophilia" was defined as "love of life" in ancient Greece. Although the term may seem relatively new, coming across as a trend in the fields of architecture and interior design, the concept of biophilia was introduced by psychologist Erich Fromm for the first time in 1964 and then popularized in the 1980s by biologist Edward O. Wilson, who studied the lack of connection with nature caused by urban life.
The guiding principle is quite simple: connect people with nature to improve their well-being and quality of life. How could architecture do that? By seeking alternatives to integrate nature – either through natural elements or techniques – into its designs.
The most common approach is incorporating natural features into the built environment. Water, vegetation, sunlight, and natural materials are used quite often. Another typical characteristic of biophilic projects is the use of organic shapes and silhouettes instead of straight lines, even though the connection with nature is not necessarily a formal one, but also a process of mimicking nature's unique strategies.
Check out the following 11 projects that explore biophilia indoors and outdoors.
Enabling Village / WOHA
Factory in the Forest / Design Unit Architects Snd Bhd
Bamyan Provincial Hospital / Arcop (Pvt) Ltd.
Memorial Cemetery Parque das Cerejeiras / Crisa Santos Arquitectos
150 Charles Apartment Building / COOKFOX Architects
University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building / Perkins+Will
Qiantan District Towers, Lot 14 / FGP Atelier
Qalma Building / Carazo Arquitectura
IT’S Biofilia Office / IT'S Informov
Veolia Office / Pitá Arquitetura
6 Orsman Road Workspace / Waugh Thistleton Architects + Storey
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on January 31, 2021.