How biophilic interiors help you stay in touch with nature
Australians spend around 80-100% of their time indoors, whether at work or at home, and even more during their retirement years. Even young people don’t get out enough – with 71% of Australian children spending less than an hour outside per day, there is cause for concern about the impact on their mental health and well-being.
Biophilic design concepts in architecture can enhance the life experience by immersing people in a natural environment where they can truly feel at home.
Modern design materials and architectural concepts seek to rectify the isolation of a constantly inner existence by using natural materials from sustainable sources. The architects do a remarkable job of integrating exterior and interior spaces through biophilic design inspiration, allowing occupants to stay in touch with nature.
Biophilic design aims to increase the connectivity of inhabitants to nature through direct, indirect and spatial intelligent methods, and to improve human health and well-being in the built environment.
The human connection to nature is constantly replicated in our attraction to flowers, gardens, trees, parks, oceans, rivers, pets, and being outdoors. The restorative effects of an endless blue sky and an unbroken horizon are the themes of fables, films and poetry.
For over a hundred years, design practitioners have known that a stronger connection to nature and the meaning of the outdoors in an indoor environment can help reduce stress, enhance creativity, and restore clarity.
Australia has one of the largest urban populations in the world – currently 86.2 percent of the total population lives in urban areas, with this figure increasing steadily over the past decade.
Urban development has today become a major player in environmental issues as designers and builders strive to find alternative solutions that sustain natural resources and ensure a greater biophilic presence.
Biophilic spaces allow us to consider the environment and the positive impact of creating natural spaces, which provide a more immersive feeling of being in the middle of nature. The Fairview team is passionate about helping architects achieve these goals with their line of quality cladding systems. The CeramaPANEL-colored compressed fiber cement facade cladding is an excellent option for the design of biophilic interiors.
While we are technically surrounded by nature, the quality of nature around us has changed. Currently, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050, it is estimated to increase to 66%, representing two-thirds of the world’s population.
As we continue to move into the city and spend more time indoors, our daily interaction with quality nature shrinks. Ultimately, this increases our potential for psychological and physiological damage. How can we work to reverse this trend and improve the overall well-being of our communities?
A contemporary concept is biophilic design, a strategic approach to harnessing – and exploiting – nature in the built environment.
The demands of the modern world have forced us to find a sense of calm and comfort in our home environment, which could partly explain why we are seeing a significant increase in the use of natural and earthy building materials.
Why a biophilic architecture?
Biophilic design is about connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities.
The growing trend in biophilic design is twofold: improving the quality of life by reconnecting humans to nature using the built environment; and transform the cityscape from a scenario of steel and cement to a greener one, where the integration of greenery, light, water and all kinds of natural elements in the design affects positively the perception of space by people and the time they spend there.
Finding the balance between aesthetics and function is the main architectural challenge, and regardless of the scale, type or function of the project, there are now many natural siding products available to initiate the project. progress towards the future of built environments.
CeramaPANEL meets biophilic design goals
Regardless of the style and profile selected as part of the final decision, CeramaPANEL offers endless design possibilities. Architects can find biophilic inspiration in the multitude of natural materials and finishes which, rather than refining surface irregularities, highlight organic elements to further enhance the urban experience. Eye-catching finishes can be created in seamless monochrome palettes or arranged to optimize colorful visual adaptations.
The collection is made up of natural color-through materials, which offer sophisticated shades suitable for countless design palettes to suit modern and stylish applications. Achieve synchronous compliance and durability through CeramaPANEL’s use of environmentally friendly raw materials in the manufacture of the sleek, high performance coating.
CeramaPANEL encourages creative flair, enabling any installer and builder to deliver the architect’s design vision, no matter how vivid or bespoke. The beauty of color through fiber cement siding is that each panel has its own variations via the cement composite material delivered during the manufacturing process.
If you are interested in learning more about how to incorporate biophilic aspects into your design vision with energy efficient building solutions, Fairview’s CeramaPANEL compressed fiber cement siding offers many green options to meet your needs.