More Buildings Are Going Green. Literally.

‘Biophilic’ designs incorporate elements of nature both outside and inside. It’s aesthetically pleasing—and makes people feel, and perform, better.

The Bosco Verticale apartment towers in Milan have about 800 trees on their staggered terraces. DAVIDE PIRAS/STEFANO BOERI ARCHITETTI

  • Most people, when they think of “green” buildings, take that to mean structures built with energy conservation in mind. But, increasingly, buildings are becoming literally green, as cities and companies around the world embrace biophilic design—the concept of surrounding buildings with nature, even on their upper floors, and bringing the outdoors indoors by including natural elements in their interior design.

    Planted terraces that wrap around buildings, indoor man-made water features such as ponds and waterfalls, plantings…

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