Biophiliation is a philosophy and process that reimagines objects and spaces through the lens of the planet, applying natural methodologies and forms to create design interventions that take inspiration from, collaborate with, and build upon the blueprint of the natural world.
Within cities filled by brutalist concrete structures and seemingly never-ending streets it’s easy to become absent in all the man-made madness, as a result of this, Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD) is being understood to play a major part in why more and more people are becoming disconnected from our environments, and as a result of this having a less fulfilled standard of living. To involve ourselves in restorative territories immediately combats these negative notions and starts to revitalise us with the natural world, showing us what it is to be “biophilic” and initiating a reconnection to the planet.
Through understanding and connecting with our environments humans can unearth a plethora of elements that can act as valuable resources for our everyday living. In the comprehension of a space all five senses are employed to scan the area and turn the new found information into knowledge. The need to be able to smell a space, touch it, listen to it and taste it are all overshadowed by the primary function of sight, spaces command full immersion and should be designed to facilitate all five senses.
Within this project I introduce a new kind of restorative environment, one that actively engages with the planet and the immediate population while employing natural remedies and uses of plant life to recover and improve personal wellbeing and mental health. My proposition consists of a sensory garden housed by a hyperbolic roof that shifts with the natural route of the sun through the day, allowing sunlight into appropriate areas of the garden, promoting plant growth and mimicking the natural rhythms of the planet. The roof incorporates bioplastic as a sustainable and beautiful material replacement whilst utilising elements that can be found in the sensory garden beneath. Within the garden there are examples of plant life that collectively engage with all five senses, giving a fully immersive experience whilst encouraging an educational understanding of the space. The uses of the plants range from edible vegetables, scents that are scientifically proven to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and increasing the percentage of oxygen in the air, all things that lead towards a more pleasing standard of living. In addition a large selection of these sensory properties can be absorbed subconsciously, meaning that even minimal, passive involvement in, or near the space will contribute to an improvement on mental health and wellbeing.