Biophilic design

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about biophilic design

Project • By COOKFOX ArchitectsOffices

512 West 22nd Street

512 West 22nd Street, a Chelsea office building bordering the High Line, is inspired by both its proximity to the planted public space and principles of biophilic design. Its location provides immediate visual and physical connections to nature on the High Line and views of the Hudson River beyond. Designed to achieve LEED Go­­ld certification and foster an office environment connected with the natural world, 512 West 22nd Street sets new standards of health and productivity in the modern workplace.   The structure of the building recalls the historical infrastructure and warehouse buildings of the neighborhood, and the crisp contemporary design that defines west Chelsea. Its materiality and form echo the High Line’s ae... More

Project • By Melbourne Design StudiosPrivate Houses

Biophilia - Slate House Northcote

Biophilia.SlateHouse, Northcote: A well-proportioned, high-tech, sustainable home for a family of five that connects with nature, benefiting the residents’ health and well-being. The pitched slate form, reminiscent of the traditional vernacular, combines with contemporary minimalist detailing, bridging past and present : A re-think of the suburban house. Biophilia.SlateHouse is designed to interact and engage with nature, the essence of Biophilic design. Below the strong monolithic slate form, a simple ground floor plan interweaves with nature, meandering out and in, carving two courtyards, at once grounding the house in the garden and drawing the garden back into the house. The building invites the adjacent park into the garden, bor... More

Project • By Talina Edwards ArchitectureBanks

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Talina Edwards Architecture recently won the Sustainability Medal at the 2019 Architeam Awards for the Owl Woods Passive House project, and was also an official finalist in the New Home Category at the 2019 Sustainability Awards. Owl Woods Passive House has been described as one of the most unique and beautiful Architecturally-designed Passivhaus homes in Australia. The owners wanted a ‘tree-change’ home that was ‘just-enough’ in terms of size, whilst also being comfortable, sustainable, functional, flexible, healthy and beautiful. The architectural response was inspired by the surrounding bushland and farming land. The design echoes a cluster of farm-sheds or birdhouses, whilst also being reminiscent of a Scottish... More

Project • By Matt Fajkus ArchitectureOffices

RigUp Office

The primary design charge by RigUp, a dynamic Austin startup business, was to both create an inspiring work place that efficiently functions for the office activities, as well as to symbolically engender the brand externally. A more specific request was the design of a simple, modern, and warm work space for a growing team of more than 100 employees. The young, tech-savvy company was looking to minimize distractions while also offering a cozy and residential feel to a commercial work environment. The objectives were achieved through the layout, material selection, integrated biophilic design, and a collaborative approach throughout the design process.   The new RigUp headquarters fills an entire floor of a downtown Austin skyscraper.... More

Project • By Trzop ArchitekciOffices

Danone: Nutricia & Żywiec Zdrój

New headquarters of two DANONE companies: NUTRICIA Polska and Żywiec Zdrój in Warsaw is a modern office space, designed by TRZOP ARCHITEKCI in accordance with the “One Planet. One Health.” vision. The leitmotif of the project were elements inspired by nature and user-friendly materials, ensuring comfort and positive reception of space. Guests and employees are welcomed by a representative reception zone inspired by city parks and ecology. The central point is the wooden tree surrounding the construction column, stones and grass patterns on the floor and small wooden tiles inspired by a pavement. This zone can also be an alternative to a traditional workspace with ergonomic desks. The whole lets you feel almost like in th... More

Project • By Spark DesignOffices

The Westfield Campus

Spark Design, the build and design subsidiary of R&R Realty Group was engaged by its parent company to create a space that could double as a showroom and an office.   When R&R Realty Group began the process of planning for a new headquarters, they knew that collaboration was going to be the name of the game. Working with Spark Design, a subsidiary of R&R, the West Des Moines-based company created a layout that would encourage connectivity in multiple ways.   The layout creates connectivity in multiple ways through points of connection & collaboration along the main travel paths using destination areas, while reinforcing the concept of development, key to the company’s core business.   Gone are the... More

Project • By Mint & More CreativeOffices


Mint & More Creative designed Supermetrics' new rooftop office in Helsinki. Supermetrics offers marketing analytics tools and is Finland's 3rd fastest growing company. Their office is located right in the busiest part of downtown Helsinki, with views from their terrace across the city. The space, which used to house a windowless gym, was renovated from top to bottom (and even more) to suit Supermetrics' needs. The office is famous for its natural jungle vibe, unique meeting rooms and of course the sauna with a view.Plants and greenery pour into Supermetrics’ office from outdoors to create a park-like atmosphere. Biophilic design seamlessly connects the indoor garden concept with nature, and the spaces are design... More

Project • By Brickwood419 Design StudioOffices


Brickwood419 Design was engaged by AE Studio to design their office space in New Delhi, India.This architectural studio space was designed keeping the ‘Walk of life’ concept as a design directive with the industrial chic style central.The spatial planning was dictated by enhancing client’s visual experience. It was extremely critical for the owners to have a layout that almost unknowingly forced the visitors and clients to have a visual experience of the whole office.  As one enters the office, the concept showcases an impressive feature wall with artificial green grass and lacquered glass, that not just hides the out of place ‘column’ but also visually connects it to the ceiling. This radiates a strong perspective above... More

Project • By Opus 4Offices

Caunton Office

Caunton is one of the UK's top fully automated structural steelwork contractors and a world leader in 'Just in Time' manufacture.Based near Nottingham, England, they operatenationwide offering one-stop solutions to most steel construction needs.They identified a building opposite their large design and production facility to become their new HQ.  They turned to Opus 4 to produce a design, management and refurbishment solution.   Celebrating their 50th year in business, the stakeholders wanted to create a workplace which would help them attract the next generation of engineering talent.The existing structure was significantly enhanced with insulated, powder-coated cladding and a new roof was installed, with a glazed feature at... More

Project • By LemayOffices

The Phenix

Lemay, one of Canada’s leading architecture, planning and design firms, has laid out a rigorous Net Positive framework to maximize the firm’s considerable influence on the key determining factor in human health: the built environment. Addressing the urgency of climate change, Lemay’s Net Positive approach proposes sustainable strategies and metrics at every stage of the firm’s projects. Going beyond traditional environmental certifications, it aims to transform urban environments to the benefit of their users and the community. With the equivalent of some 260 football fields of projects certified or undergoing certification, Lemay’s longstanding commitment to the environment is now formalized with this new program that was recently rec... More

Project • By Echo: Design + Architecture, P.COffices

Broadway Technology HQ

Broadway Technology provides industry leading financial software tailored to the clients needs demanding that workflow between every division is fluid and efficient. Their new Headquarters not only provides the flexibility for all divisions to work cohesively but provide numerous meeting and gathering spaces to suit every projects needs. The inclusion of phone booths, expanding meeting rooms, a game room, and town hall ensures that everyone can work effectively whether it is a single person on a conference call, a causal brainstorm, or a global company-wide meeting. Elemental materials such as; living green walls, rough concrete, reclaimed wood and live-edge furniture bring nature and warmth into the workplace to inspire and rejuvenate offi... More

Project • By Iguana ArchitectsPrivate Houses

Elmhurst Avenue

Using the principles of Biophilic design we created a new and improved home for our musical clients and their growing family. Maximizing natural daylight, integration of a green roof, use of natural materials and textures were all part of our health and wellbeing design strategy for the family. In using these principles to design the new loft, rear extension and refurbishment of almost the entire interior gave the clients a home that they have fallen in love with. We are very pleased to have pushed the boundaries of the planning system to achieve this unique home.The expanded description:I was still working at Exploration Architecture (2017) when I was contacted by my first employer, (post professional qualification) Sebastian Sandler of XU... More

Project • By GROHEIndividual Buildings

550 Vanderbilt Brooklyn

550 Vanderbilt combines spectacular views across the city with a grounded scheme of planting around the building to reduce heat retention and engender a feeling of nature being close at hand. Designed to fit gracefully into the existing Brooklyn landscape, the building of onetwo- and three-bedroom apartments aims to promote community and a relationship with the natural world. Award-winning architecture firm COOKFOX used the principals of Biophilic Design throughout, believing that using natural materials helps enhance creativity and wellbeing. This encompasses everything from using wood flooring and Carrara marble to installing planters around the generously proportioned windows. Sustainability is also key, with FSC-certified wood and stone... More

Project • By Fokkema & Partners Architecten B.V.Offices

EDGE Technologies HQ

First no-office concept Fokkema & Partners Architecten has a love for assignments that challenge them to the utmost: complex, multiple spatial problems, where the challenge consists of turning the complexities into a straightforward, clear design. One of these assignments was the accommodation of EDGE Technologies, formerly known as OVG Real Estate, a developer that revolutionises the built environment through a new generation of smart buildings while raising the bar in terms of sustainability and wellbeing. They settled at the top floor of their smart redevelopment: EDGE Olympic. Together we defined a new workplace typology according to the first NO office concept.   In order to ‘actively contribute to the health of peopl... More

Project • By D&P AssociatesOffices

Spaces Belvedere

Found in of of Vietnam’s most commercially successful areas, this striking Art Deco-style building is sure to inspire anyone who’s looking for a place to go big. Take your pick from one of 10 floors of designer offices or hold a meeting of the minds in our creative meeting rooms. As the rise of freelance work and small companies grow, the demand for inspiring co-working spaces increases as well. For this reason, IWG has brought their very first co-working space to Hanoi – Spaces Belvedere. For this project, our architects went for a modern look but with a cozy, homely feel. Work is already tough. Why settle for a stiff office? Feel welcomed right as you step inside, the natural oak color of engineered wood strike a gentle... More