Biophilic Design: Rethinking the Waiting Room
This project was a response to the Collective Imagination Brief by the Royal Society of Arts. It explores ways in which the UK healthcare system can be relieved through design. Biophilic design is a human-centred approach which uses a universal design ethos, as natural environments are universally known to be beneficial to our health. Integrating a restorative nature-centric environment in healthcare settings improves well-being and therefore has the potential to increase recovery rates, work efficiency, make check-ups regular, in turn being economically beneficial for the NHS and providing opportunities for funding to be redirected. The waiting area is the initial experience of all users, setting up the rest of their experience. Making healthcare settings a comfortable space creates healthy and sustainable communities.