What if buildings could function in harmony with nature instead of disrupting it?
The International Living Future Institute has created the Biophilic Design Initiative to consider this concept when designing new buildings.
So what is Biophilic Design? “Biophilic Design is the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments and communities.” The goal is to design a place where people and nature can both flourish together. There are examples of Biophilic Design within buildings all over the world, even here in the Midwest!
Festival Foods, located in Madison, WI, is one of the buildings that has implemented Biophilic Design at the core of its design process. By considering environmental design features such as: shapes, forms, light, space, place-base relationships, and human-nature relationships, this building is in harmony with its exterior surroundings.
One of the features that makes this building so unique is that it incorporates recycled and repurposed ash trees that were removed from Madison’s own Tenney Park as support columns. The trees were removed from the park due to a disease that would have killed them within three to five years. Instead of letting the Emerald ash borer disease take the life of the trees, Fesitval Foods found a way to incorporate the indigenous tree within the architecture of the building, connecting it to the local geography. Here are some images of the trees located within the store:
For more information on the Biophilic Design Initiative, visit: https://living-future.org/biophilic-design-overview/
For more information on Emerald ash borer disease, visit: https://isthmus.com/news/news/emerald-ash-borer-taking-its-toll-on-madisons-urban-canopy/