Trends are often discussed after the fact, just to point out that a particular thing or style is now so widespread that everyone knows and uses it. Occasionally, though, we can bear witness to a moment where you can see the rising of a new star begin.
Biophilic design has somehow managed to introduce itself to the world without much fanfare but is definitely being noticed. Natural curves and repetitions, natural geometry, and materials that call out to be touched make up this unique style. Biophilic design looks for ways to make people feel like they are part of the whole, the natural world, an integral and essential part of which is the contemporary modern environment.
A major component of this style is the introduction of plants, the environment, and everything natural. It is not enough to simply place plants in a room; what matters is symbiosis, the fact that all living things are connected to and dependent on each other. The same should be the case for the living environment – a space that can recharge you. Perhaps even more importantly, biophilic design takes into account a person’s social nature, offering enough meeting space for both longer conversations as well as quick chats.
How can this be achieved?
The short answer: with nature.
The slightly longer short answer: Use natural elements, such as light, air, water, plants, animals, natural landscapes and ecosystems, and the weather, to create the living environment. Natural elements can also be used indirectly, such as natural images, materials, colors, movement & paths, imitation of natural light, ensuring proper ventilation, creating real shapes and forms and the inclusion of natural patterns.
One example of this unique architectural style is Myst. Myst, in the hilly Himachal Pradesh landscape near the Indian town of Kasauli, is the first project to be created in accordance with the principles of biophilic design. It is especially pleasing to note that the architect of this exclusive project, Llewelyn Davies Yeang, harmonized all the design and materials according to principles of biophilic design including Thermory materials.
Mountainous views, indigenous plants, and clean air give luxury a completely new meaning. Chemical- and plastic-free Thermory Pine is used here for exterior surfaces on both cladding and decking, to ensure that nature is not just in the distance, but part of the residents’ everyday lifestyle.
During the construction of the development, a park with trees known to attract rare animals was also laid out. Even then, the lighting in the park and on the pathways was designed so as to minimize the impact on the animals’ lives. There are also, mountain climbing areas, a clubhouse, a full-size swimming pool and an outdoor pool with views of the surrounding landscape, a gym, a squash court, and a restaurant.
In their living environments, people need privacy, social areas, and the closeness of nature and pure harmony. Myst, in partnership with Thermory, offers all of this.