Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions.
In essence, Biophilia involves the integration of nature into our built environment for its health and wellbeing benefits, which creates a positive space. As human beings, we gravitate towards nature, greenery, water and clean air because it makes us feel happier and more positive.
The Biophilic design trend has become widely popular in the workplace and has been a key feature with global design pioneers such as Google and Amazon. Employers have realised that by creating the best possible work environment, it will help attract new staff as well as retain the best talent. Although the cost of Biophilic Design is deemed as an investment, the benefits for staff wellbeing and productivity are more advantageous in the long run.
Here are a selection of benefits that Biophilic Design can bring to a company workspace:
Working within a fast-paced, fit-out industry, we have enjoyed various projects that have embraced the trend. One client in particular who is currently enjoying this trend is Workrise – at their new offices. Their open-plan, single floor office-fit encompassed an abundance of live plants and beautiful natural oak furniture. For the full case study, take a look here. Other examples of Biophila in previous projects can be viewed below.
There are 3 core principles of Biophilic Design:
Somerville Shopfitting Ltd are in receipt of Selective Financial Assistance grant for SFA - Capital July 2018 from Invest NI. This project is part funded by European Regional Development fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.
The funding enabled us to procure essential machinery to develop our manufacturing output, and continue delivering quality furniture to our clients.