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    Harnessing the power of Biophilic Design... using Plants

    Plants for Biophilic Design

    Biophilic Design is fast becoming one of the most important design considerations of this century.  It has implications across almost all market sectors and has the power to positively effect the way we interact within the built environment.  This has been proved to create significant benefits.

    At Benholm Group we have been working with many architects, interior designers and property managers to incorporate biophilic design principles into many different spaces using plants.  There are many aspects to Biophilic Design - such as natural light, natural finishes, colours, views of nature, air quality, acoustics, etc. - but the inclusion of plants, greenery and other natural materials is very fundamental way (and often one of the most economical ways) to embrace this concept.


    "Biophilic Design has become an important concept for blending the benefits of Biophilia with Architectural Best Practice"

    Download the Benholm Group 2020 Guide to Wellness in the WorkplaceUsing our experience as well as continually carrying out extensive research into this subject, we have put together a central resource of information, links and other useful items to help you maximise the effectiveness of these principles.  

    This resources list will continue to be updated with fresh new input.  Why not bookmark this page now to save time whenever you need to refer to it?  Enjoy! 


    Enviroculture cutaway gif image

    The Biophilic Design concept

    GPGB Infographic about the Benfits of Biophilic Design in the workplace

    The origins of Biophilia and Biophilic Design

    Oliver Heath - What is Biophilic Design & Why is it relevant today?

    Rediscovering Biophilic Design

    Savills UK - What is Biophilic Design?

    Biomimicry vs. biophilia: A primer

    Biophilic Design Infographic - Connecting with Nature indoors

    How this concept is being used

    Why bother about Biophilic design?

    The concept of "Bringing the outside inside"

    The BRE Biophilic Office Research Project

    Sept '17 Update on The BRE Biophilic Office Research Project

    A Study on the Effects of Plant-Focused Biophilic Design

    Biophilic Design for Retail Environments

    The Benefits of Biophilia and Greenery in Retail

    Biophilic design is so much more than plants

    Using plants to support Biophilic Design

    5 of the world's best office designs using plants

    Case Study:  Scottish Natural Heritage

    Case Study: ARUP Glasgow

    The benefits of plants

    Enviroculture - The peat-free planting system

    Green walls

    Plants are natural works of art

    Moss walls provide natural colour inspiration

    Inspirational planting images gallery

    FREE TrainingClick here to watch the Nordik Moss video

    Online Presentation for Interior Designers on "Using Plants to support Biophilic Design"


    Adrian Byne and Vanessa Champion:  Is Biophilic Design always relevant?

    Downloadable resources

    Human Spaces Report on the Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace

    Infographic based on the Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace

    Human Spaces Report on Biophilic Design in Hospitality

    Brochure - Corporate Office Planting

    Brochure - Hospitality Planting

    Brochure - Planting for Public Buildings and RetailSpaces

    The Practice of Biophilic Design

    Human Spaces Guide to Creating Positive Spaces using Biophilic Design

    14 Patterns of Biophilic Design

    Future Workplace 2019 by Raconteur


    The Nordik Moss story

    Interface | The Global Human Spaces Report 

    Other useful websites

    Human Spaces

    Oliver Heath Design

    Rooted In Nature


    If you have difficulty accessing any of these links please get in touch here.

    If you would like to suggest links to any other resources that you think would be useuful to our readers, please message us here.  

    Examples of office planting

    Did you know...?

    1. This term is derived from the word Biophilia which literally means a love of life. It stems from the Greek words for Life (Bios) and Love (Philia).
    2. The word Biophilia was first used by a psychologist called Erich Fromm in 1964. He described it as “the passionate love of life and all that is alive”.
    3. The concept was popularised by Edward O Wilson, an American biologist  in 1984 with his book ‘Biophilia’. He defined it as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”.


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