In architecture, poor designing of the building separated the nature and urban areas. It seems like nature is isolated from us. Nowadays, reconnecting and resorting to nature has become a real challenge for architects and designers. The architects are supposed to make sustainable designs and incorporate nature into it.
Architects and designers have changed their way of designing cities and buildings to avoid disconnection from nature. They have built a control over the built environment. They also have emphasized to alter the closeness to nature and move the physical relationship of humans to the environment.
The common public has paid a high cost for this isolation from nature in the form of autism, obesity, and the decline in creativity. These issues happen when there is a lack of environmental connection. It is a fact that built structures protect occupants from the forces of nature, but it is also compulsory to connect them with nature. Therefore, architecture and nature have a deep connection. Architects should watch nature as an educational tool to learn and understand its patterns.
The following are some points for architects to complement, extract, and harmonize the advantages of nature.
Contextual analysis of site:
Built a strong concept through your building’s site. The surrounding context helps out architects to have an excellent guide, resources, and inspiration to make an outstanding design.
The response of weather pattern:
If an architect designs a piece of architecture weather responsive, then it will behave according to weather patterns. In this way, a building is able to change its own behavioral language according to wind intensity, storm, or solar intensity.
Biomimicry as an architectural design:
Architects can innovate a lot of strategies within their design by using different lessons learned from nature. For example, they can configure a lot of ways to figure out the solution of problems or materials by analyzing and observing how nature can solve problems by its own material specifications.
Combine occupant-nature relationship:
It is very advantageous for architects to find out the occupant’s relationship with nature while designing a building or environment. They can better understand to design a space on the basis of occupant’s working and living experience with nature. For example, some people like rain but on the other hand some likes a sunny day.
Understand the nature of the material:
An architect should know about the nature of the building material which they are using. They can enhance functionality and aesthetics within the design by using different material rich in environmental benefits.
The boundaries that an architect incorporates in a design divide or join occupants from nature. It is very significant that an architect reconsiders the boundaries of his design to allow acoustic nature, such as wide-open windows and visual nature, such as grass or landscape that comes into the scenario.
Add natural elements:
It is the best tool to add nature as micro-elements in the living and working spaces within a building. It will give a very fresh feeling to the occupants. For example, a semi-indoor garden brings a very refreshing and beautiful look to the interior of a space. In this way, architects merge both interior and exterior of building with nature.
Building a relationship with transient natural elements:
Architects can also consider designing a building that has nature transiently. Nature transiently means that when the wind changes its intensity or the temperature drops or the sun moves on the sky. Architecture can play a dramatic and beautiful play with the change of environment and nature.