AWA NEWS: “Healthy Lighting” Series – Part 2 of 7
Biophilic design can refer to several trends in modern green design, but in most uses, it indicates a design principle that goes beyond merely minimizing the impact of the built environment to create actual close contact between users and the “natural” world. By inviting nature into the design, a design reengages occupants with the environmental elements that are deeply wired to our genetic predispositions.
Biophilia can be thought of as a subset of culture, with each environment having its own geographical signature as defined by the climate and flora and fauna that inherently originates from a place. As culture and climate are often a reflection of the surroundings of a place, an understanding of biophilia can be an important tool in a designer’s box, to be used to derive designs that are rooted in context.
As being disconnected from natural environments can negatively affect one’s mental health, biophilic design is a solution to restoring balance to surrounding environments. Appropriately designed lighting aids in reducing stress and increasing tranquility. This can be further reinforced through the use of natural patterns such as cloud movement, ocean waves, and foliage patterns. At the heart of biophilic lighting design lies the way humans perceive the movement of light over time.
People have strived to root design in their context. “Moonlighting,” our interpretation of biophilic lighting design has been successfully implemented in projects of varying scales— from masterplans to transportation projects to residential buildings. The benefits of moonlighting are many— it eliminates any visible lighting hardware at the pedestrian level and increases the ease of installation and maintenance. It eliminates dark areas, enhancing the pedestrian experience at night. It lends a touch of nature to the architecture as well (by making the architecture come alive), creating a distinct look for buildings as the light coming from high above creates patterns through the leaves, which are constantly moving as they respond to the wind through the landscape.
Abhay M Wadhwa
Design Principal l CEO
AWA Lighting Designers
Biophilia in AWA Projects
We will be posting the “Lighting For The Elderly” series of newsletters in three additional parts over the next three Tuesdays:
- PART 3 – Lighting Roadmap for Health & Wellness
- PART 4 – Utilizing Latent Properties of Light 1
- PART 5 – Utilizing Latent Properties of Light 2
- PART 6 – A Historical Perspective on Light for Healing
- PART 7 – Where Are We Going?
Read Part 1 of 7 – “Healthy Lighting” Introduction Newsletter HERE.