Wall Art to support Biophilic Design
Have you heard of Biophilic Design?
Biophilic Design is most commonly used in architecture and construction. It refers to the practice of using natural resources to create a sense of harmony between modern architecture and the natural world.
But, did you know that Biophilic Design is also used by schools?
In fact, the team at Putney High School have spent the past few years applying this practice to their classroom. And the results make for powerful reading.
Biophilic Design for pupil wellbeing
According to the charity Mind, “Spending time in nature has been found to help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression”.
So we know that the outdoors is a key to improving wellbeing. But how does that help in your learning environment?
Many schools are bringing the outdoors in!
For example, Putney High School’s BREATHE programme has implemented Biophilic Design to improve wellbeing and reduce their carbon footprint. They’re also showing how, as a school community, they can reduce pollution levels and unnecessary waste. Science Wall Art can help to achieve this.
Promote Your School proudly played a part in Putney High School’s BREATHE project. We designed a large mural, using stunning nature photography by Matthew Cattel. Then, we printed the design and installed it in the test classroom at Putney High School.
The study began with the transformation of three otherwise similar Sixth Form classrooms.
- First, they modified a maths classroom with an extensive array of indoor plants,
- Then, they introduced a full-size photographic wall mural of a woodland to the English classroom,
- and last, left a Psychology classroom unchanged.
The results showed that during the heating seasons the biophilic classroom provides improved air quality and comfort by an average of 10% and humidity was found to be 8% above the English classroom.
68% of students liked the wall mural in the English classroom.
“The impact of the photographic mural demonstrated change through a more animated environment, whereby students choose to move to a seat with a view of the mural, and the teacher expressed ‘I love teaching in this room’ while facing the mural to address the students” – Clare Bowman, Sustainability Advisor at RCZM Sustainable Design.
Nature Wall Art
There’s no doubt that this has coincided with an increased focus on pupil wellbeing and mental health – especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re certainly delighted that many schools are exploring the benefits of Biophilic Design and introducing its principles into their learning environments.
Here’s a selection of indoor and outdoor nature based Wall Art projects we’ve completed for schools recently;
- The Whitby High School – environmental Science Wall Art
- Middleton Primary School – Woodland Activity Trail
- Northlands Primary School & Nursery – Outdoor learning for early years
- Hunsbury Park Primary School – external fence
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