Applying Biophilic to the Interior Design of Healthcare Facilities With a Healing Approach


This research attempts to elaborate the biophilic concept on the interior design of health service facilities. The research method involves a literature review exploring the biophilic parameter theory from Terrapin Bright Green, utilizing data sources from relevant books, scientific journals, and internet images. The findings reveal that biophilic, an evolving approach to construct environmental designs for diverse purposes, emerged in 1984 when humans recognized their inherent connection with nature. Key elements in biophilic design encompass natural lighting, open spaces, sensory engagement, organic forms, natural processes, and the repetition of natural patterns. The impactful outcome is evident in health facilities, significantly enhancing the physical and psychological well-being of patients. The interior design is also pivotal on the treatment and recovery success, such as for cancer patients. Consequently, this research suggests a design concept of mood-board highlighting aspects like the selection of elements, materials, colors, lighting, textiles, furniture, and patient-friendly accessories. Its implementation is seen in the design of communal areas, treatment rooms, patient service areas, and staff areas. To conclude, the integration of psychological and architectural principles in biophilic design facilitates a reconnection with nature for all health service users-patients, doctors, nurses, visitors, and staffs. This reconnection can create a tranquil, organized, relaxed, and prosperous milieu, preventing depressive atmospheres. Furthermore, high-quality architecture extends a positive effect on stress alleviation, and immune system strength, ultimately mitigating and controlling the development of disease.

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Rahma Purisari, Universitas Pembangunan Jaya, Indonesia
Fatma Puri Sayekti, Institut Agama Islam Negeri Kediri, Indonesia

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Conference: ACP2024
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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Purisari R., & Sayekti F. (2024) Applying Biophilic to the Interior Design of Healthcare Facilities With a Healing Approach ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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