The benefits of biophilic design

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Did you know that humans have an innate connection to nature? It’s called “biophilia”.

We evolved with nature and depend on it for survival. The biophilia hypothesis suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and was proposed by Edward Wilson in his book, Biophilia (1984).

When applied to buildings – commonly with the use of natural materials and natural light – it is called biophilic design.

A study from Canada suggests that “visual wood surfaces lowered sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activation”. The SNS is responsible for physiological stress responses in humans. “Wood, therefore, is one way to create a healthier built environment.” (Fell, 2008)

The benefits of nature also include greater attention, focus and creativity, lower pain perception, and lower aggression and illness (for more on this study’s conclusions, see Fell, 2008:

So, why not bring these benefits into the classroom, connecting pupils and staff to nature? The Stable Company creates bespoke teaching spaces like this, incorporating biophilic design into education. These boast stunning natural materials and furnishings; dynamic, architecturally designed classrooms that utilise your school campus’ natural spaces.

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