Submission: December 28, 2021
Registration: December 27, 2021
The challenge is to design a single residence for a family, incorporating biophilic design principles. We need to integrate nature into our built environment so that we can co-exist and live as one. Since the beginning of time, humankind has lived in natural settings surviving on nature’s unadulterated bounty. Harmony with nature was achieved as they understood their dependency on it for survival and its role in the cycle of life. Can humans find their way back to nature?
Over time, the complicated working of the world has made us forget about our strong relationship with nature and we grew apart. There is segregation, encroachment, and exploitation of nature and its resources for the superficial satisfaction of man’s desires.
In the current trend of urbanisation, less and less access to green spaces, natural light, and organic materials is available. Green spaces are desired by everyone, but even so, initiatives to incorporate greenery into living spaces are rarely seen.
Over our evolutionary time, an innate desire to associate with nature is experienced by people. The revival of our inherent connection with nature is significant to humankind’s health and well-being.
Humans | Nature: The primary function should be to help humans connect more with nature.
Building | Nature: The building should look to reflect the essence of nature in its make, like form, materials, finishes, etc.
Sustainable: Sustainability in design and construction methods is an underlying objective of Biophilia itself.
Therapeutic: The building should look at the overall well-being and rejuvenation of its inhabitants.