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Contemporary office remodel should incorporate occupant connectivity

Benefits of biophilic design

By Scott Hamele, DBIA President and founder of Construction DesignWorks, LLC and Nationwide Commercial Inspections, LLC

Out with the new, in with the old. Yes, that’s right. We can learn a thing or two from architectural design from as far back as 600 B.C. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It was a true wonder and remarkable feat with a rising series of gardens alongside a great palace.

It was meant to combine the building with nature. In modern times it is when a contemporary office remodel incorporates occupancy connectivity. The current term for this is biophilic design.
Biophilic design is a concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, indirect nature, and space and place conditions. Used at both the building and city-scale, it is argued that this idea has health, environmental, and economic benefits for building occupants and urban environments, with few drawbacks.

Although its name was coined in recent history, indicators of biophilic design have been seen in architecture from as far back as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon mentioned above.

When planning a construction renovation, a principal objective of the building owner is a successful guest experience-driven tenant improvement. One way to be effective is with biophilic design, but first we need to understand biophilia. Biophilia is an intrinsic connection between people and nature. A couple examples are how a crackling fire, soothing wind through leaves, and crashing waves captivate us and have healing effects.

Five ways to introduce nature into your space when doing a contemporary office remodel


The presence of water will enhance the user experience by seeing, touching and hearing the water. It’s been long known for its calming effect.