14 Patterns of Biophilic Design:

Improving Health & Well-Being in the Built Environment consolidates decades of research and discoveries that highlight a human being’s innate need to connect with the natural environment.

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In the Office!

Productivity gains will be seen in office buildings.

In Healthcare!

There are a number of studies that indicate improved healing rates and better outcomes.

William Browning, Terrapin partner and co-author of 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design

In an interview with Architecture & Design Browning explained that the many ways that humans can be positively reconnected with nature can be grouped in three main categories:

  1. Nature in the Space, which is about direct experiences of biotic and abiotic components of nature;

  2. Natural Analogues, which is about experiences of abstractions of nature and natural systems;

  3. Nature of the Space, which is about characteristics of spatial conditions found in preferred human habitats.

Within the three categories are a total of 14

patterns that describe design interventions that enable the human connection to nature.

“The positive outcome of experiences enabled by biophilic design can be seen in stress reduction, improved cognitive function and enhanced creativity,”

U.S. businesses squander billions of dollars each year on lost productivity due to stress-related illnesses. Design that reconnects us with nature – biophilic design– is essential for providing people opportunities to live and work in healthy places and spaces with less stress and greater overall health and well-being.

Decades of research and discoveries that highlight a human being’s innate need to connect with the natural environment.

The theory of biophilia proposes
there are specific elements in nature imagery that exert beneficial
health effects.


Nature in the Space

  1. Visual Connection to Nature
  2. Non-Visual Connection to Nature
  3. Non-Rhythmic Sensory Stimuli
  4. Thermal & Airflow Variability
  5. Presence of Water
  6. Dynamic & Diffuse Light
  7. Connection to Natural Systems

Natural Analogues

  1. Biomorphic Forms & Patterns
  2. Material Connection to Nature
  3. Complexity & Order

Nature of the Space

  1. Prospect
  2. Refuge
  3. Mystery
  4. Risk/Peril

“In healthcare settings, there are a number of studies that indicate improved healing rates and better outcomes.”

is not a single instinct but a complex of learning rules that can be teased apart and analyzed individually. The feelings molded by the learning rules fall along several emotional spectra: from attraction to aversion,from awe to indifference,from peacefulness to fear-driven anxiety.” 

Edward O. Wilson, 1993Biophilia and the Conservation Ethic, The Biophilia Hypothesis