What Is Biophilic Design?

The concept of biophilia, which refers to our “love of life or living systems,” states that humans have an innate need for contact with nature and that this connection is essential to our health and wellbeing.


Strengthening the Human-Nature Connection

Biophilic Design is an architectural framework that weaves the patterns and forms of nature into the built environment to strengthen the human-nature connection. An innovative philosophy that is both nature and human-centered, biophilic design reconnects workplaces and cities back to nature and lets us to truly thrive. The term was first popularized in 1984 when biologist Edward O. Wilson published Biophilia. Since then, the concept has spread through the architecture and design communities, driving creators of large-scale commercial projects and public spaces toward a more seamless integration between nature and the built environment.

The concepts of sustainability and biophilic design might still be fairly new to the general public, but for urban planners and real estate developers, the subject has been top of mind for quite some time. We want our cities to be more environmentally friendly while also making them more inclusive of nature. Often coupled with these initiatives, however, is the sense that companies and developers must incur a major financial burden. A solution that balances the necessity of greater environmental consciousness with the reality of budgetary constraints exists in the installation of indoor and outdoor living walls.


Imagine Nature in Your Environment

Green living walls are self sufficient vertical gardens that are attached to the interior or exterior of a building. They differ from green facades in that the plants root in a structural support which is fastened to the wall itself. The plants receive water and nutrients from within the vertical support instead of from the ground.

Vertical gardens can be leveraged for sustainability policy alignment, nature integration plans and cost-cutting initiatives all at once. The positive outcomes associated with the incorporation of nature – and specifically living walls – into the built environment are many, but can be viewed through two overarching benefit perspectives: economic and environmental.

How can living walls drive cost savings and reap environmental and human-centric benefits at the same time? The answers are clear: greenery saves energy, improves health and wellness, and drives human performance. Discover more benefits of living walls.


Sagegreenlife Patented Technology

Our living walls combine science and aesthetics to create spaces that benefit human health and wellness in various environments – workplaces, residential buildings, retail stores, healthcare facilities and more – by bringing people closer to the healing power of nature.

The patented Biotile™ technology utilizes Rockwool as its main growing substrate, a 100% natural substance, made from volcanic basalt rock and has been used in hydroponic growing of plants since 1970. Rockwool is long fibers of stone that are chemically and biologically inert so it will never decay or lose it’s unique composition.

Sagegreenlife’s self-irrigation technology distributes the perfect amount of water to circulate evenly throughout the wall. Each Biotile™ is housed in a plastic shell which limits water loss to only what the plants transpire (vapor off of the plant surface). Our standard Biotile™ typically consumes only 2 cups of water per day and is 10x more water efficient than soil-based systems. Learn more about the technology behind our living walls.