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Case studies

Clif BarClif Bar Biophilic Design Review

Clif Bar & Company, a maker of organic food and drinks has completed construction of an environmentally progressive bakery in Twin Falls, Idaho. The bakery is over 300,000 sq. ft. located on a site that is 80 acres of land in an agricultural area on the outskirts of the city where farms and other food manufacturing facilities exist.

Federal-Center-South-Building-1202_Andrew-Buchanan1Federal Center South

We interviewed ZGF Architects about their fantastic Biophilic design of Federal Center South Building 1202 headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Seattle. Here’s what they had to say about the project and their approach:

Interface carpeting used to emulate grass underfootA Biophilic SOS – how can Biophilic design improve our living spaces?

Biophilic design principles can be applied to a range of building settings from offices and retail to educational and healthcare. However the space that perhaps has most impact on our well-being is our living space whether that is our own home or rented, permanent or temporary. The place where we retreat from the world is somewhere that should restore us and enable us to function at our best.

104-entrance-garden-4105_2-PC-Photo-Anton-Grassl---resizedThe Genzyme Center- nature at its heart

It’s encouraging to see that that the corporations at the vanguard of health and wellbeing are incorporating biophilic features right into the heart of their businesses and buildings, improving the working conditions for all that work there; increasing both productivity and job satisfaction but also communication levels across departments.

St-Marys-is-a-small-and-well-contained-example-of-how-biophilic-design-can-be-beneficially-incorporated-into-educational-spa---resized-2St Mary’s Infant School – Jessop and Cook Architects

Research demonstrates that incorporating key principles of Biophilic design can make dramatic improvements to educations spaces, improving experiences for children, students and staff alike. In fact studies suggest that children can learn 20% to 25% faster when taught in spaces using natural light.