Known for its every day hustle and bustle, London is one of the greatest cities in the world.
However with its fast-paced life, those living in the densely populated, urban environment need the opportunity to escape, recuperate and reenergise every now and again – something that happens more easily with a little help from nature.
With this in mind, and as part of its wider ‘Beautiful Thinking’ campaign, Interface has partnered with Open City to create a Biophilic Guide to London, which highlights nature-inspired design approaches found across the city.
Curated by interior architecture and biophilic design expert, Oliver Heath, Open City director, Rory Olcayto, and Interface, this unique guide celebrates 22 of the most outstanding and beautiful examples of biophilic design. These spaces – many nominated as favourite locations by RIBA Journal readers – range from hidden pocket parks and public gardens to better known educational buildings and modern collaborative offices.
First to feature in the guide is Anthropologie – a huge indoor living wall on Regent Street – designed by Biotecture. The 15m high surface is covered in a variety of plants and greenery, breathing nature into the indoor space.
Another example, described by some as the ‘best office in the world’, is Second Home, located just off Brick Lane in London’s East End. Its biophilic elements include the use of flora and raw, natural furnishings throughout the space. The breakout area even spills onto the street in front, merging the boundaries between the indoors and out.
A final favourite is the well-known Barbican Centre. Filled with restaurants, a theatre and gallery, it’s an obvious place for visitors to sit back and relax. However, it’s the combination of its lush green conservatory, lake, tropical fish and plant life that really make this space stand out.
To start your own exploration of these biophilic spaces or to find out more, visit http://www.interface.com/biophilic-guide, where you can also download your free Biophilic Guide.