It is not just decorative, he believes, but rather will become increasingly crucial for health. “The ability to see stars and trees may stop being seen as decoration or romanticism, but as essentials, like sinks and windows,” says Silvestrin. Todd Tyler, Senior Interior Designer at Studio IDC and designer of a number of residences on Jumby Bay Island in Antigua, agrees: “While there’s ebb and flow, I do not believe it’s going to evaporate,” he says. Instead, it is the philsophy desginers are coming back to “to rediscover what is intuitive and plainly obvious: connecting with nature directly, indirectly and physiologically can provide tremendous health and wellness benefits,” he says. “Biophilic design is riddled with good habits by professionals to make choices for the betterment of those we design for.”
Mark Rusitzky, Partner at CookFox and lead designer on Google's new Chelsea building, as well as One Bryant Park, the first commercial high-rise to obtain LEED Platinum Certification, cites a vivid memory at a biophilic design conference. They gave everyone a disposable sticker sensor that they placed on their hands, he says. They then played a video of a traffic jam, followed by a serene forest with a bubbling river. When each person looked down, the sensor indicated a reduction in their cortisol levels.