Biophilic Design – an extension of biophilia and the incorporation of natural elements and experiences into the modern built environment – is steadily finding its way into contemporary interior design. While the effectiveness and influence of biophilic design is still being discussed and debated within the design community, there’s no dearth of inspiration in the region for those looking for biophilic design in built-spaces.
Smart Dubai Government, a leading governmental establishment, approached Bluehaus Group to design an innovative and leading-edge working space at its HQ – one fit for a future that puts employee well-being to the forefront of its priorities. The result is a workspace with little precedence; an innovative twist on conventional government offices. Additionally, it offers an ideal case study on the practice of Biophilic Design integrated into the workspace.
We spoke with Dragana Cemalovic, Senior Interior Designer at Bluehaus and the Project Lead on the Smart Dubai Government (SDG) HQ project, about the integration of biophilic elements within the design and the logic driving each concept and its implementation. The conversation was a learning experience on the biophilic design thought-process in a commercial workspace.