Biophilic design

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about biophilic design
Photography: Florine Nijntjes
Photography: Florine Nijntjes
Photography: Florine Nijntjes
Photography: Florine Nijntjes
Photography: Florine Nijntjes

Project • By Studio Samira BoonOffices


How to design sustainable environments that really move us? We believe that sustainable and healthy living of the future is adaptive and interactive like natural systems. To achieve this, over the last years, Studio Samira Boon has developed digitally produced origami designs to implement as lightweight and dynamic 3D textile installations that generate flexible space. As the next step in this merging nature and technology development, the studio launches HORTUS BIONICA i.c.w. Sensor Lab Utrecht and with the support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.   HORTUS BIONICA explores our relationship to nature to foster healthier forms of architecture based on biophilic design principles. It is a garden of bionic plants – the new spec... More

Project • By mimaristudioOffices

SAP’s Istanbul Office

SAP Turkey is now continuing its operations at its new Head Office at Emaar Square. As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP provides more interactive, more fun, and more colorful working space for employees. Mimaristudio realized the project's interior design concept, design, and studies, led by SAP's Global Real Estate and Facilities Management Team. SAP Turkey's New Head Office with 1,900 m2 (net) followed an approach that has changed the physical workspace as well as work culture and habits. The project has created a working environment and living space that combines SAP's innovative, "human-centric" face with its global design criteria.   At the same time, environmental friendliness and sust... More

Project • By KrageljOffices

K+N Multipurpouse Break Area

Since the business was founded in 1890, Kuehne + Nagel has evolved from a traditional freight forwarder into one of the worlds leading logistics providers. Today, the Kuehne + Nagel Group has some 1,400 offices in over 100 countries, with around 83,000 employees, including Slovenia. Their global logistics network, cutting-edge IT systems, in-house expertise, and excellent customer service is proof of their dedication to being the market leader. Supporting the company’s dedication to great customer service and business relations but also following strict safety regulations, specific to the trade, the Slovenian Kuehne + Nagel branch decided to team up with Kragelj workplace specialists to transform the entrance hall of the new office b... More

Project • By MG2Offices

Corporate Campus Food Hall

Posed with an aging cafeteria space, the client approached MG2 with the goal of creating an eight-venue restaurant space on par with the best modern food halls anywhere in the world. Modeled to reflect the approachable industrial feel of the existing structure and the forest-scape along the perimeter of the new space, MG2 set to work creating an outside-in experience for our client’s on-campus corporate guests. This new restaurant includes the design of an extended footprint and an elevated roofline that further enhances the outside-in experience. The MG2 Retail Studio created several “from-scratch” brands (complete with separate design languages for each as well as logos and environmental graphic design) to reflect a wid... More

Project • By Studio MerakiPrivate Houses

Villa at Jaypee Greens

The client brief for the interiors of this villa was pretty simple as he wanted to use this villa for relaxation over the weekends along with this family. Hence the intent was set straight from the beginning to use finishes requiring less maintenance and keeping everything very basic and uncluttered as the villa would be used only once in a week. Also, his aesthetic appeal resonated to being very clean, contemporary and minimalistic with prominence on whites/hues of light colour with absolutely  no usage of any bold jarring colours or motifs anywhere. Design Concept : The villa has been based on the concept of Biophilic design since the very aim of the client is to come here for leisure and rejuvenation. Biophilic design emphasizes h... More

Project • By Daewha Kang DesignOffices

The Living Lab at the Shard

DaeWha Kang Design has created an experimental work environment on the 12th floor of the Shard that has the express purpose of measuring the impact of biophilic design on worker wellness and productivity.   Working in collaboration with Mitie (the client), and Dr. Marcella Ucci (head of the MSc in Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings at the University College of London), the designers have created not only a physical space, but also a pilot study to measure the impact on employees in a detailed post-occupancy study.   Biophilia refers to human beings’ innate need for a connection with nature. Human physiology is wired to seek qualities of light, view, material, and other factors common in the natural world. This p... More

Project • By Canuch Inc.Offices


TBWA\HAKUHODO continues to bring its philosophy of Disruption® to the market place, shaking up existing norms and sending out radical new ideas to the world. Recently the Tokyo-based agency has expanded its office space, creating new areas for work and creative thinking on the fourth floor of the building they currently occupy. The existing fifth and sixth floor office areas were primarily a place for collaboration and co-creation, however, the new fourth floor space was designed with a focus on “the individual”.   First, the existing interior was demolished to expose the base structures of the building (built originally as a warehouse), and an expansive new environment was re-imagined from there.   With a foo... More

Project • By AISOffices

The Children’s Soceity

AIS created a workplace that would support and improve the organisational capabilities of The Children’s Society, all while echoing the philosophy and values of their organisation. Their new HQ is a place that allows people to work in a smarter more efficient way while remaining both inspired and engaged. With a vision to create a warm and calm aesthetic this is a fully accessible space in which young people feel comfortable, which allows The Children’s Society to improve upon the execution of their charitable mission. By incorporating biophilic design elements and soft furnishings, pockets of softer space is utilised as a retreat for staff to relax, hang out and conduct more casual meetings away from the main work space. As a... More

Project • By SalientOffices


Located in Kolkata, Biowonder attempts to counter the tendencies towards the segregation of land-use and programs in the current Indian urbanism. Being the first biophilic corporate park of East India, this mixed used development offers multifarious opportunities for work, housing, recreation, entertainment and public facilities. This super adjacency of diverse programs brings behavioral freedom, tolerance and emergence of an informal community space. A Gold-rated, LEED certified building, it boasts of a range of facilities (food courts, gymnasium, facility shop, pharmacy, ATMs etc.) for its inhabitants, a 4-star business hotel of 120 keys, Convention, Business and Banquet facilities. There exists a mutually inclusive and sustainable relat... More

Project • By SalientHotels

Club Montana Vista

Club Montana Vista, Salient Design Studio   Spread across a sprawling four acres, and circumventing the Shivalik mountain range, Club Montana Vista, Siliguri,is conceptualised as a clubhouse. Amalgamating hospitality and landscape design, the resort is sited in a humid, sub-tropical climate zone in the picturesque mountain ranges. Centred on the concept of biophilia, the design highlights the human connection with nature – reinforcing the studio’s ideology of creating spaces inspired by nature. The client brief was to create a Vaastu-compliant building consisting of 25 clubrooms not exceeding 50000 square feet in area. The brief also laid emphasis on devising a methodology for reducing operational energy and minimising co... More

Project • By Perkins&WillOffices

International Insurance Company

Aiming to translate Brazil’s culture for the local branch of an international insurance company, global architecture and design studio Perkins and Will used five different Brazilian biomes as an inspiration to create a fun, relaxed work environment, oriented by the client’s needs and business model.  “The main request for this design was to focus on open and collaborative spaces that would translate the company’s culture and rebranding process”, explains Carla Chalu, Project Architect in Perkins and Will’s São Paulo studio. To meet the client’s expectations, the architects studied the building’s design to create a dynamic layout that would improve floors’ usage. “We pu... More

Project • By Seel Bobsin Partner - sbpOffices

Euler Hermes Quartier

Euler Hermes, the world's leading credit insurer, moved its Hamburg-based German headquarters at the end of January 2020. The six-storey new building with a surface area of around 31,500 sqm is located in the immediate vicinity of the previous company location in Hamburg-Bahrenfeld. The building was completed at the turn of 2019/2020. With the "Euler Hermes Quartier", Euler Hermes is focusing on sustainability and a new, modern working environment with an open, bright and communicative atmosphere. The approximately 1,100 employees at the Hamburg location will in future work in a modern office landscape with many Biophilic Design components, which can be felt throughout the building and are intended to increase the well-being of the employee... More

Project • By Anderson Mikos ArchitectsHospitals

Kishwaukee Breast Health Clinic

Anderson Mikos created a healing environment embracing biophilic design (elements of nature) while incorporating the latest technology for a tranquil and serene women’s health imaging center. The women’s center is equipped with: 3D mammography Whole breast ultrasound imaging, stereotactic biopsy, and bone density rooms Modern waiting area with a nourishment station Private changing area with sub-waiting room Private patient corridor New staff area, conference room, radiologist reading room and consult rooms  Our team integrated art into the architecture, taking cues from the region/area with natural botanical elements on the custom glass sliding doors, aiding in providing focus and distraction for the people expe... More

Project • By ThirdwayOffices


The Fairtrade Foundation’s former home was an outdated space that was too big for their team and didn’t showcase the work at the core of what they do – Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. When their lease came to an end, Fairtrade took the opportunity to start afresh in a new space in East London and appointed ThirdWay to design and deliver the project. The brief was to inject life into the employee's surroundings, ensuring they are reminded of the reason Fairtrade exists, and to echo the charity’s voice and values through creative design.   The front of house and meeting rooms now fo... More

Project • By De Zwarte HondShops

Park Pavilion The Hoge Veluwe National Park

The new Park Pavilion in the Hoge Veluwe National Park, designed by De Zwarte Hond and Monadnock, offers visitors a warm welcome and adds an extra dimension to their visit. The pavilion has a restaurant, a park shop and accommodates education and reception areas. In the elongated and curved central space – with a crackling fire at one end on cold days – visitors can admire the light projections on the vaulted ceiling. The new building is a striking landmark in the middle of the forest and is an ideal base for a day out in the Hoge Veluwe.   A key point of departure for the architects was that the entire building must form an integral part of the landscape and the park experience. This is not only reflected in the design... More