Biophilic Architecture: Building Green Cities

Biophilic architecture is one of the latest trends in urban and architectural design that integrates the main characteristics of nature such as natural light, air flow, noble materials and vegetation.

Biophilia is defined as the level at which human beings connect with nature and other life forms. It is not a new term. For millions of years, human beings have been related to their environment and created a need to be in contact with nature and living beings. However, urbanizations have degraded the environment by breaking the connection and separating us from our essence.

In response to this rupture, biophilic architecture was born. This new trend incorporates natural elements into its urban or interior designs so that human beings reconnect with nature.


Since well-being is multifactorial, as we improve our environment, health also presents beneficial changes. Thus, having natural elements in sight in both closed and open spaces improves people’s health and well-being and has great benefits. In offices, for example, the following has been observed:

• Increase in workers creativity and efficiency

• Increase in learning capacity

• Decrease in stress

• Social bonds

• Greater sense of community

In architecture and biophilic design the following factors must be considered:

Visual connection with nature

In order to stimulate each of the five senses with this connection, it is necessary to include in the design natural light, natural plants, wood, water and stones.


Sensory stimuli: wind, sun, aromas and birdsong

The connection can also be through the senses. Focusing on the aromas, textures or creating stimuli that refer to natural processes.

Comfortable thermal sensation and natural air flow

Ideally, keep the spaces as open as possible, or give the feeling of being in an open place. The air must flow naturally.

Presence and sounds of water or fire

The areas that incorporate these elements provide serenity to the environment. This improves the experience by providing an auditory connection such as the crackling of fire or the sound of flowing water.

Connection with natural systems

It is important that the place is surrounded by green areas, has proximity to parks, beaches, rivers, lakes, squares or natural environments.

In short, this type of architecture and design includes better lighting, more fresh air, the use of non-toxic products, natural elements such as plants, water, stones, etc. In addition, it helps reduce the environmental impact.

In the Riviera Maya, more and more developers have joined this trend by creating homes that blend with the environment. In VRICO Real Estate we have an exclusive catalog of green condos that, besides being immersed in lush vegetation, they have a biophilic architecture and design that lets you reconnect with nature.

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