Integrating nature [with design, ed] is the key.
These are the words the renowned Japanese architect Koichi Takada released during a recent interview for Luxury Defined, Christie’s Real Estate blog. In one of the last articles appeared on their pages they’ve wondered about the future of design and the answer was almost unanimous: biophilic design. But what exactly is meant by this term?
What is Biophilic Design
The term “biophilia” refers to man’s natural affinity with the entire natural world. When applied to architecture, this goes to indicate the incorporation of natural elements to the design of buildings. We can therefore say that biophilic design is a new and innovative way of interpreting the design of the places we live, work and study.
This new vision seems to be the evolution of “green architecture” (we have explored the topic here). It is in fact a type of architecture that not only looks at the sustainability of projects, but also at their integration with the surrounding environment, so as to reconnect human nature with the natural world. Recent studies have shown how being close to nature improves people’s performance, mood and quality of life.
Some Elements of Biophilic Design
Key element of designing according to the canons of biophilic design is the use of natural and local raw materials. It increases the connection between the interior and the surrounding environment. But it also helps to recreate natural environments within the buildings themselves through the management of spaces, shapes and colors. The slide above shows just a few clear examples of this design, with the clever use of wood and rock with not only ornamental, but also functional application.
The position of Immobilsarda
Recent world events have led to greater awareness of the importance of the link between man and nature in the search for psycho-physical well-being. Hence a new demand for design concepts that are increasingly linked and intertwined with nature.
As with neuroarchitecture (here our in-depth analysis), Immobilsarda marries the principles and canons at the base of biophilic design. Since 1968, the territory of Gallura – Costa Smeralda is protected by urban constraints that regulate the construction of new villas, cottages and apartments. This is because some precursors of this thought had already grasped the role that nature plays in everyone’s life. Cases such as the Residential Park of Portobello di Gallura, which places respect for the natural environment at the center of its founding values, are the result of this thinking. The iconic villas of the Costa Smeralda designed by well-known “nature” architects such as Couelle, Busiri Vici and LeSuisse also reflect these canons.
Guiding the client to invest in his own well-being and quality of life is what we at Immobilsarda have been doing with passion for over 47 years. The house should not be the goal, but becomes the means to achieve the highest possible quality of life for us and our loved ones. It must be above all a place where we feel part of the whole, where we can be empathetic and listen to Nature within a wider horizon: our place of living. The properties that we have in our portfolio respond to these canons and the new housing needs. Here for you some of the most interesting biophilic design villas, villettas and apartments on our website.