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Nature Inside

A Biophilic Design Guide


Nature Inside describes the key benefits, principles and processes of biophilic design, illustrating the implementation of biophilic design in interior design practice, across a range of international case studies – at different scales, and different typologies. Opening with a foreword by English designer Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, the book follows with the principles of biophilic design, and the principles and processes in practice, the book then showcases a variety of interior spaces – residential, retail, workplace, hospitality, education, healthcare and manufacturing. The final chapter looks ‘outside the walls’, giving a case study at the campus and city scale. With practical guidance and real-world solutions that can be directly-applied in day-to-day practice, this is a must-have for designers interested in applying biophilic principles.


Foreword         Thomas Heatherwick

Introduction     What is biophilia and what does it mean for buildings and spaces?

  1. The scientific and business case for biophilic design
  2. Biophilia in the design process
  3. Intimate scale: biophilic arts and craftsmanship
  4. In the home: cherished residences
  5. In the school: supportive learning
  6. In the store: enticing retail
  7. In the office: focused and creative workspaces
  8. In the hotel: exceptional guest experiences
  9. In the hospital: effective healing environments
  10. In the factory: productive manufactories
  11. In the community: convivial civic spaces
  12. In the urban landscape: restorative pocket parks and promenades

Closing Thoughts


Reference Endnotes


Authors: William D. Browning and Catherine O. Ryan
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Release date: September 1, 2020
Page count: 280

ISBN-13: 978-1859469033
ISBN-10: 1859469035
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