Hospitals & Healing via Biophilic Design

We reference Biophilic Design frequently at TreeScapes & PlantWorks because it is a crucial element of every project we do. Recent industry articles addressing COVID-19 and hospital design have also recommended Biophilic Design.

Studies have shown that observing nature – and images or representations of nature – is correlated to faster patient recovery times and reduced perception of pain. Architects, designers, and decorators can use this information to help create hospitals that nurture via the power of nature!

The Discover Magazine article, Healing in the Hospital Starts With the Architect, details the early studies and findings by researcher Roger Ulrich:

Ulrich’s study, which was published in Science in 1984, is frequently cited as the beginning of a new era, the birth of what became known as evidence-based design. Doctors took an oath to do no harm — shouldn’t health care architects do the same thing? In the years since, researchers have discovered numerous ways to improve the hospital environment. Many expanded on Ulrich’s initial findings, providing even more proof of the healing power of nature. Nearly any kind of nature, they found, seems to do the trick.

The article mentions several “non-traditional” types of nature that have the same positive effects as direct interaction with the outside world. Scenic views, paintings of natural landscapes, ambient nature sounds, indoor plants, and watching nature videos have all been found as positive additions to the healing environment.

TreeScapes & PlantWorks has a long history of providing artificial trees and plants to hospitals. The most popular options include large bamboo displays, integrated technology Smart Trees™, and colorful, comforting play areas for children’s waiting areas and patient rooms.