What is Biophilia and why is it so important?

Published: 13 February 2018

Biophilia is a love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms. But where did the term come from and why is it so desirable today in the workplace?

Our Statistics:

  • 47% of employees lack natural light
  • 58% have no plants
  • 33% of people reported the design of an office would affect their decision to work for a company

In 1973 the term Biophilia was used by German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness which described bio philia as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.”

Then in 1984 the term was used by the American biologist Edward O. Wilson in his work ‘Biophilia’ which proposed that the tendency of humans to focus on and to affiliate with nature and other life-forms has, in part, a genetic basis.

In recent years biophilic design in the workplace has become hugely important as research has shown that there is a basic human need to be surrounded by the natural environment.
Multiple studies have shown that having direct access to nature can minimize feelings of stress, enable better focus, prolong mental stamina, and increase productivity.

How to incorporate Biophilia into your office :

  • Interior plants
  • Interior trees
  • Plant pots
  • Green walls
  • Flower walls
  • Natural light