Community living spaces are the heart and soul of BTR developments. They provide residents with a place to meet up, so they can bond and have the chance to form close connections with each other. This is the idea BTR was based on, and it’s up to operators and developers to find ways of boosting social interaction and creating communities.
There are many ways this is done. The Interior Design of your community social spaces can help greatly in this aspect, and the benefits of biophilic design in particular can be a big influence in communal areas.
If you’re new to the concept of biophilic design, it’s all about introducing elements of nature into your builds. There’s a strong argument to support the theory we’re not as adapted to indoor living as much as we might think. Plantlife, natural colours and natural materials all work together to form a harmonious space for residents.
Creating a thriving social hub is important, but there are other benefits to biophilic design in community living spaces, too. By incorporating nature into your designs, you’ll have a social area that’s not only attractive to current residents, but a huge selling point to potential residents as well.
Biophilic Design is Inviting
Of the many benefits of biophilic design is the fact it can be used to create an inviting social space. By adding elements of nature to your communal area designs, you can create a calm environment that encourages residents to unwind and relax. Wide open spaces, natural light, plants and other elements can be used to bring a sense of tranquility to a space.
Biophilic design has been proven to reduce stress and tension levels, which goes a long way in boosting our mental health and wellbeing. Providing areas where residents can go to forget their daily issues can then lead to them forming bonds. They’ll feel more at ease with the people around them, creating opportunities for discussion.
Modern life has made it harder for people to connect. Busy schedules and ever-increasing property prices have played their part in this, so it’s important to design community living spaces centered around residents’ wellbeing. It’s believed that 6-18% of the population often feels lonely,
according to gov.uk, but BTR operators have the opportunity to help lower those numbers by encouraging friendship through Interior Design.
Biophilic Design is Environmentally Friendly
One of the major benefits of biophilic design is the limited amount of impact it has on the planet. National Geographic states the temperature of the earth has risen by 1.8 degrees fahrenheit in the last two centuries, which has led to extreme environmental changes. By putting more effort into protecting the planet, we can all play our part in reducing the damage being done to the Earth.
Many of the materials used in biophilic designs come from sustainable sources. Pieces made from wood, bamboo, bark, clay and stone can be recycled, and plantlife is biodegradable. This ensures the least amount of damage is done to the planet when designing your spaces, as items can be broken down and repurposed.
Making sure we do our part for the environment is hugely important to us. Where possible, we will always choose to recycle old furniture and packaging, and over 89% of waste we take away is converted into electricity. We’re constantly on the lookout for more ethically sourced materials that can be easily recycled.
Another benefit of biophilic design in this sense is that it can be used as a selling point. More people than ever are aware of the damage being done to the planet and many want to be associated with brands that are doing their part. Having biophilic community living spaces shows you care about the planet, which can boost your reputation and bring more eyes to your development.
Biophilic Design is Stylish
When all is said and done, communal areas need to have a touch of style to really attract residents. Fortunately, there are many ways to fashion a stylish biophilic space without compromising on the inviting or environmentally friendly aspects.
Bright natural colours such as blues, greens and yellows can make a space feel large and airy, and wide windows allow for as much natural light to flood community living spaces as possible. These features work together to create a more positive and uplifting atmosphere, which can have an immediate effect in lightening up the mood of residents.
A mixture of plants can add depth and character to an area. They can also soften corner spaces and give the illusion of more space, which is perfect for encouraging more residents to form closer communities.
Furthermore, one of the great benefits of biophilic design is that elements can easily be incorporated into different Interior Design styles. The Natural Scandinavian look focuses on rustic appeal, and uses easily sourced and recyclable materials such as wood, textiles and earthenware. Modern Heritage design also works well when combined with botanical features and natural, earthy colours.
The Benefits of Biophilic Design
The benefits of biophilic design in community living spaces are widely apparent. Biophilic elements can be used to reduce stress levels and actively encourage residents to get talking in shared living areas. This will go on to boost their mental wellbeing and can lead to tenants wanting to stay in your BTR property for longer.
Likewise, biophilic design causes the least amount of harm possible to the planet without detracting away from the style aspects. And of course, botanical features aren’t limited to one design trend; they can be incorporated into many styles with the right skills and know-how.
We love introducing biophilic designs into community social spaces because we know how much value they can bring to an area for both you and your residents. Our award winning Interior Design team has played a key role in the designs of many communal living quarters, and we can help with your BTR development, too.
If you want to speak to an expert about the benefits of biophilic design in your BTR scheme, get in touch with a member of our team.