Exploring Biophilic Design

January 20, 2017

Going green can mean more than energy-efficient lightbulbs. With the right building design, your structure or building feature can actually flow with nature. The benefits might surprise you — from better health and morale to increased environmental awareness.

The concept of biophilic architecture has taken off in recent years as designers consider alternatives to traditional workspaces and facilities. Below, learn more about how biophilic interior design can be incorporated into any structure and how perforated metal can add just the right touch.

What Is Biophilic Design?

Humans are drawn to nature. Even if many would rather not immerse themselves entirely in trees and bushes, they at least enjoy seeing representations. Biophilic design puts that desire into practice. In short, biophilic design creates an atmosphere that seems more natural — either by leveraging existing natural features or creating new ones. Certain colors and shapes elicit emotions associated with nature. Imagery, shapes and overall building design can go a long way toward establishing a connection with nature.

In architecture, biophilic design can be as simple as creating more open space with natural light, or it can be more comprehensive, as explained below.

Benefits of Biophilic Design

Biophilic buildings and features are about more than aesthetics. The concept also has several functional benefits. To name just a few:

- Productivity. In a work environment a drab backdrop can stifle creativity or result in tired, bored and, ultimately, unproductive employees. Natural features can disrupt the mundane flow of cubicles and inspire employees to do more.
- Happiness. Similarly, biophilic design can boost morale. While it’s true for employees, it can also help visitors — whether they are clients, customers or even patients.
- Health. Plants have long been a staple of doctors’ offices, and for good reason. From blood pressure to mental health, calming biophilic features have the potential to improve well-being. Hospitals and medical offices are increasingly going beyond traditional houseplants and incorporating more elaborate natural features to take full advantage of the potential health benefits of biophilic design.

Applications Using Perforated Metal

Materials of all types can be incorporated into biophilic design. Wood and rock, for example, provide a natural appearance. What’s more, perforated metal adds a great deal of texture. Here are a few ways perforated metal can be used in biophilic design:

- Light. One of the key elements of biophilic design is bringing in natural light into the building space. Perforated metal allows designers to make use of both dynamic and diffused light through partitions, railing, sun shades and sunscreens. Perforated metal also offers non-rhythmic sensory stimuli by light through a screen wall, partition, or sun screen.
- Sound. Perforated metal breaks up sound for optimal acoustics, helping to reduce unnatural, sterile background noise giving occupants a sense of privacy or refuge
- Airflow. Beyond sight and sound is feel. While windows can allow in light, perforated metal can allow in a natural breeze. At the same time, perforated metal in used for example in a perforated railing system provides thermal variation and air flow, but ensures that the change isn’t too vigorous via diffusion.
- Other biophilic design applications with perforated metal - Perforated metal can also help achieve biomorphic forms and patterns, connection with natural systems, material connection with nature, complexity & order, and more.

At Accurate Perforating Company, we are a building designer’s No. 1 partner when it comes to perforated metal materials. We understand the benefits of biophilic design and can help you make the best decisions possible. Contact Accurate Perforating Company to learn more abouthow perforated metal can be incorporated into biophilic design.