Biophilic Interiors: 21 Projects that Blend Architecture with Nature
Humans are hard-wired to respond positively to nature; the crackling sound of fire, the smell of fresh rain on soil, the healing characteristics of plants and the color green, being in proximity to animals, etc. That, along with today’s critical environmental conditions and rapid urbanization, shifted architects’ focus towards eco-conscious projects to bring people closer to nature. Architects explored numerous approaches: rammed earth structures, recycled materials and furnishing, designing around the site’s sun orientation… The practice was so driven by green architecture that the lines became blurred between what is truly sustainable and ecological and what is “greenwashed”. But what proved to bring about the most innate biological connection with nature was biophilia, and “bringing the outdoors in” through design.