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Biological Architecture

29th Oct 2014

THECUBE is starting its innovation journey to smart spaces. We have been in the coworking industry for five years and in that time we have learned a lot about the relationship between people and space. One of the things we have learned is that space needs to be alive and have a biological element. Nature has many benefits to cognitive functions, which we are only beginning to uncover. For instance we are learning that the brain releases more dopamine when presented with fractal patterning, which are often found in nature. Secondly, nature provides us with the right levels oxygen, which help activate circadian rhythms. Thirdly, there are correlations between nature and the release of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that is aides functions in mood and cognition.

These understanding led us to look into how we could start making our spaces more biological and how that would help our members. A biological space reduces stress, helps regulate CO2, and calms the brain. You can do this by looking at adding plants (thanks to fractals), natural lighting, and using natural materials and elements.

Designing workspaces should be more than deciding what colour chairs to buy, it is about creating environments that will help people be their best by helping them stay alert, healthy, and happy.

REFRENCES

The Evolution of Designs: Biological Analogy in Architecture and the Applied Arts

http://biophiliccities.org/biophiliccities.html

http://www.fractal.org/Fractal-brain-theory.pdf

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/19/12/1207.full.pdf+html