1st Edition

Nature Inside A biophilic design guide

    288 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    Written by a leading proponent of biophilic design, this is the only practical guide to biophilic design principles for interior designers. Describing the key benefits, principles and processes of biophilic design, Nature Inside illustrates the implementation of biophilic design in interior design practice, across a range of international case studies – at different scales, and different typologies. Starting with the principles of biophilic design, and the principles and processes in practice, the book then showcases a variety of interior spaces – residential, retail, workplace, hospitality, education, healthcare and manufacturing. The final chapter looks ‘outside the walls’, giving a case study at the campus and city scale. With practical guidance and real-world solutions that can be directly-applied in day-to-day practice, this is a must-have for designers interested in applying biophilic principles.

    Part 1  1. The scientific and business case for biophilic design  2. Biophilic design in practice: principles, processes and outcomes  3. At the small scale: fixtures, fittings, fabrics and finishes  Part 2 Case studies, illustrating different aspects of the biophilic design process, and outcomes including, where available, post-occupancy data  4. In the home: residential design  5. In school: learning environments  6. In the store: retail experience  7. In the office: workplace experience  8. In the hotel: hospitality experience  9. In the hospital: healing environments  10. In the factory: manufacturing facilities  11. In the community: civic spaces and transit hubs  12. Outside the walls: biophilic design at campus, neighbourhood and city scale 


    William D. Browning co-founded the sustainability consulting firm Terrapin Bright Green. He is a founding board member of the US Green Building Council and an Honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. He received the 2015 American Society of Interior Designers national Design for Humanity award for work in biophilic and green building design.

    Catherine O. Ryan is the director of projects at Terrapin Bright Green with twenty years’ experience in design and environmental sustainability. She is a leading international biophilic design consultant for buildings, landscape and master planning projects. She has published extensively on biophilic design for which she received the 2014 Environmental Design Research Association’s Achievement Award.