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Biophilia | The power of nature

Biophilia the passionate love of life and of all that is alive
The outdoor seating of a restaurant with greenery  hanging from the ceiling

Biophilia, ('love of life'), is the idea that humans have an innate connection to nature and thrive when surrounded by natural elements. This concept has been applied to various industries, including architecture and interior design. One area where biophilia has significant impact is hospitality design.

Biophilia in a restaurant setting is the incorporation of natural elements and materials into the interior and exterior spaces. This can include plants, natural light, water features, and other elements that mimic the outdoors. The goal is to create a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also promotes a sense of well-being and connection to nature.

There are several ways to incorporate biophilia into your restaurant design. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Bring in Plants

Plants are a key element of biophilic design. They not only add a touch of nature to the space but also have numerous health benefits. Plants can improve air quality, reduce stress levels, and create a calming atmosphere. Consider incorporating plants into the restaurant’s interior and exterior spaces, such as hanging plants, potted plants, or a living wall.

Incorporate Natural Light

Exposure to natural light can improve mood, increase productivity, and regulate sleep patterns. When designing a restaurant, consider incorporating large windows or skylights to bring in as much natural light as possible.

Add Water Features

Water features, such as fountains or indoor ponds, can add a calming and natural element to a restaurant. The sound of running water can create a soothing atmosphere and help customers relax. Water features are visually appealing and add a unique touch.

Create a Botanical Aesthetic

A botanical aesthetic is a popular trend in restaurant design and is a perfect way to incorporate biophilia. This can include using botanical prints or patterns in the decor, bringing in natural elements such as branches or leaves into the design, or even using botanical-inspired lighting fixtures. A botanical aesthetic can create a cohesive and natural feel throughout the restaurant.

Incorporating biophilia into your restaurant design can have numerous benefits. By using natural materials, bringing in plants, incorporating natural light, and creating a botanical aesthetic, restaurants can create a unique and memorable dining experience for their customers. With the right design, your venue can become a place where customers can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

In short, there’s no downside to using biophilia in your design, so why not start now?

Open Projects Group has a team of award-winning interior designers that would be happy to help integrate biophilia into your design. Whether it be a new project or a refurbishment, put your vision in our hands.


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