• Tamar Marash

Biophilia – what does it mean?

In architecture, biophilic design is a sustainable design strategy that incorporates reconnecting people with the natural environment.

Over the last few years, we’ve all seen or read about initiatives to make our cities and industrial spaces greener and more vibrant. Biophilic designed vertical gardens that improve the look of a building, adding aesthetic health benefits and enhanced air quality to boot. Biophilia has become the by-word for a new generation of people who understand that our connection to nature is closely linked to wellbeing.

Decades of research by American Biologist Edward O. Wilson, and his book entitled Biophilia, has primarily brought the term into everyday language. However, it was first introduced by German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in his 1973 book, The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness. Fromm talked about Biophilia being a “biologically normal instinct” and “essentially the passionate love of life and all that is alive”. Scientists and Urban Designers alike understand that this human relationship with nature, especially in an urban setting, is significant to our mental health.

Photo: Inamo restaurant, Regent St, London

Living walls create a WOW factor unrivalled by other interior or exterior finishes. They are not only beautiful but also help companies communicate green credentials to their customers. Championed by well-known retailers, hoteliers and commercial businesses – green walls demonstrate a company’s sustainability targets and corporate social responsibility.

A wall of plants improve the appearance of a building and space, purify the air, reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs), humidify the air, and promote healthier, happier residents, customers and employees.

Those greenery Beautiful walls are not only look stunning in any interior, but have tremendous health benefits as well.

The fabric living wall system is fast and easy to install, fixed to a steel or timber sub frame, and hung from a steel fixing rail. The system is planted in situ, minimising lead times and allowing for instant vertical greening which further develops as the season progresses. Easy to access integrated irrigation systems also allow for a smooth installation processes.

Anthropologie, Regent Street store, London. Photo By: Biotecture - UK

This wall was installed at the Regent Street store, Anthropologie. It's a 160sm indoor living wall, which fills the full height of the retail space; at 15 metres high, it creates a dramatic backdrop to the retail brand’s eclectic and creative mode of presentation. It is sustainable and is irrigated by rain water collected from the roof.

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