Why do certain places make us feel good?
Anthropologists tell us we are hardwired to respond to nature. People viscerally respond to the same relationships in architecture because they make us feel good. These sensations are known as biophilia. Many healthcare and medical fitouts are now integrating biophilic design into the built environment.
Most people would prefer a house with a porch overlooking the water and distant mountains to a windowless bunker. Yet much of our building supply fails to incorporate any connection to nature or natural light.
Numerous studies have shown that work, medical recovery and educational attainment are significantly correlated to greater incorporation of nature into the design and construction of buildings. The experience of biophilic design impacts our health, productivity, sense of well-being — and ultimately our insurance coverage.
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Source: As published in http://cgd.swissre.com
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