Biophilic Design is an extension of biophilia which literally means the “love of nature.” A Biophilic Design incorporates natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature views and other experiences of the natural world into the built environment.
Biophilic Design Supports Behavioral Health
It is understood that humans have an inherent need to affiliate with nature. It is proven with evidence based design too. However, some believe that designers should avoid literal representations of nature in behavioral healthcare settings so as not to trigger undesirable or traumatic memories.
Biophilic Design supports behavioral health because it offers a more subtle representation of the natural environment and still provides the healing aspects of evidence based design.
As an example, designers can use elements of nature such as patterns, lighting, materials and colors as cues reminiscent of natural settings.