Embracing the biophilic flow

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Virginia Tech


In the context of hospital architecture, the incorporation of biophilic elements, such as natural light, greenery, and organic materials, is crucial for enhancing patient outcomes and well-being. These elements not only evoke a sense of connection with nature but also contribute to stress reduction, improved cognitive function, and accelerated recovery rates. Through the lens of Vastu Shastra, which emphasizes harmony between the individual and their surroundings, we explore how the alignment of architectural elements with natural forces can create environments that resonate with the inherent flow of life energy, or prana, within the human body.

Furthermore, this abstract delves into the nature of space within hospital environments, recognizing it as a dynamic continuum that encompasses mystery, refuge, and prospect. By creating spaces that evoke a sense of mystery through subtle interplays of light and shadow, hospitals can offer moments of contemplation and introspection for patients and staff alike. Similarly, the provision of refuge zones, characterized by tranquil green spaces and secluded alcoves, serves as havens for relaxation and rejuvenation amidst the bustling clinical environment. Additionally, spaces designed to offer prospect, such as panoramic views of natural landscapes or expansive skyward vistas, instill a sense of hope and optimism, inspiring patients to envision a brighter future beyond their current circumstances.

Central to this exploration is the role of materiality in shaping the permeability of hospital spaces. By carefully selecting and deploying materials that evoke tactile sensations and visual richness, it can enhance the sensory experience of occupants while fostering a sense of connection with the natural world. Whether by using sustainably sourced wood for interior finishes, biophilic patterns in architectural ornamentation, or the incorporation of water features to evoke a sense of fluidity and renewal, materiality becomes a powerful medium through which the essence of nature can permeate the built environment, promoting healing and well-being.



Community hospital, Salutogenesis, Biophilia, Wellness, Landscape Intervention