Connecting to nature within | The West Australian







Defined as the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other forms of life, biophilia has increasingly been incorporated into interior design, with Webb and Brown-Neaves Innovation and New Product Designer Joseph Calasara saying the result has contributed to improved health, wellbeing and productivity.

“For me, biophilic design is not just looking at nature from the window, but integrating nature and other life forms into the design solution,” he said.

“It enhances the connectivity of the occupant to the natural environment and the design aesthetics improve overall wellbeing and emotional comfort.”

As our lifestyles become busier and technology advances, Mr Calasara said there had been a noticeable decrease in our interaction with nature.

“Incorporating nature into our lives has never been so important, with long hours at the office and longer commute times preventing us from spending enough time in the natural world,” he said.

“It can be just as easy as providing a direct presence of nature into your home such as natural materials, plants, water features and an abundance of natural lighting.

“Another way to incorporate biophilia is through soft furnishings and artwork that represent nature, inspired through colours and patterns.”

By bringing the outdoors in, Mr Calasara said a relaxing environment would be created, improving creativity and reducing the stresses of everyday life, however it was more than just integrating the basic principles of biophilic design.

According to Mr Calasara, it is also considering the environmental impact, sustainability and climate responsive design solutions in unique and unconventional ways.

“By ensuring adequate access to sun and passive ventilation throughout the home, biophilic design minimises energy use and reduces greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

“Environmental care and awareness are some of the most common considerations in the increasing demand for incorporating sustainability into residential design.

“The sun, natural lighting and ventilation, water, and plants are essentials in achieving the essence of biophilic design.”

An example of this is seen in Webb & Brown-Neaves’ The Highline display – an 8.1 NatHERS star rating green retreat that keeps energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions to a minimum.

Included in the design are WELS-rated tapware and plumbing fixtures, carefully considered climate-appropriate plants and sustainable use of irrigation water and hardscaping materials.

With more people spending time at home, be it working or kicking back in their sanctuaries, there is no better time to add biophilic design principles to its design.

“The adaptability of this concept will also mean that it will continue to evolve over time and can be incorporated in new homes in a variety of ways,” Mr Calasara said.

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