Eco Friendly: Why Green Houses and Offices are the Need of the hour

Here's everything you need to know about Biophilic Designs that connect architecture with nature and help evolve a healthy, eco-friendly design landscape.

Originating from the word ‘biophilia’ (which means ‘loving living things’), biophilic designs live in harmony with nature and encourage sustainable practices. People possess an inherent need for contact with nature that even in the modern world continues to be critical to people’s productivity, physical and mental health and wellbeing. Attributes of Biophilic Design include the direct experience of nature through exposure to light, air, water, plants, animals and weather. Here’s a look at the Indian landscape of both young and established architects and building designs from office spaces to hospitality and residences, to get an insider’s view of eco-friendly, biophilic designs.

Eco Friendly | ‘Paradox’, CORE Architecture, Pune

For German manufacturing company Altana’s Elantas Beck India Ltd.’s headquarters in Pune, CORE Architecture built a meditative space that would be both exciting and vibrant at the same time. They used design strategies for passive cooling, thereby creating comfort in the work space. Says Sunil Kulkarni, principle architect at CORE, “We have observed a large saving in energy consumption and will recommend using passive cooling strategies in all architectural projects. In fact India, even to date houses some of the most self-sustainable communities and we should look at our own traditional wisdom to achieve maximum gains.”

Eco Friendly | Identiti Advertising Studio, Meister Varma Architects, Kochi

For Identiti Advertising Studi’s renovation project, the challenge was to create a naturally ventilated office for around 20 people in addition to the apartments on the upper floors for a joint family. “We’ve never consciously strived to make our designs ‘biophilic’. To us that would be another ‘ism’—the shelf life of which is limited in our age. Any design that brings humans closer to nature in a non-superficial way is beneficial especially if the interaction is a sustained one. Adapting and applying the concept of biophilic design is especially interesting in our tropical context,” says Krishnan Varma of Meister and Varma Architects.
Eco Friendly | Jetavan, sP+a, Mumbai

Mumbai-based architecture studio—sP+a, led by founding principal Sameep Padora, have completed a holistic and sensitively built space for the local community in rural Maharashtra. The project for a Buddhist Learning and Skill Development centre called the ‘jetavan centre’ was constructed with the help of the villagers, artisans and utilised locally-sourced materials. The eco-friendly design combines traditional and contemporary architectural elements.

Eco Friendly | The House Cast in Liquid Stone, SPASM Design Architects, Mumbai
Sangeeta Merchant and Sanjeev Panjabi of SPASM Design Architects created poetic interpretations through their architectural landscape. With inspirations that are Geoffery Bawa-esque, SPASM Design believes that there are no definitions for biophilic design. To them, it is second nature to live between the inside and out, and have a seamless contact with flora and fauna.

Eco Friendly | TITAN ‘Integrity’, Mindspace Architects, Bangalore

For the Titan Headquarters in Bangalore, Mindspace Architects fused the outdoors with the indoors with glass walls, stepped storeys and balconies which open out to a massive waterbody. The entire eco-friendly campus is spread over an expanse of 3.9 lakh square feet area. With the illusion of the building sprouting out from the ground in an organic way, this building design flows naturally like the stepped terrain of a green mountain with a water body to complement its outline.

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john banton