The Biophilic Approach: An Interior Design Concept


Many approaches influence the designer to innovate and create a design that matches the functional activity. Whether it is cultural or environmental influences, customs, traditions, or inherited art, the designer is constantly puzzled by all these influences. Among these approaches and methods is the biophilic path. A two-dimensional approach can define the context of biophilic designs: the first and most frequently used are based on organic or natural components found throughout the world, such as wind, water, plants, animals, natural materials, light, space, and color. The second dimension is built on colloquial attachments to place, such as geographic, historical, and cultural connections with one’s local or regional surroundings. The design success integrates the functional program of the interior space with the philosophical approach compatible with the nature of the project to create a core environment that works for the comfort of the user. The research explores a main lobby hotel interior design while applying the biophilic approach, integrating all design elements and the influence of the hotel’s location context. The integration of the biophilic approach as a design philosophy with the application of the functional program is evident in the reception office, the lounge, the distribution of the cafeteria area, the restaurant’s area, the tourism office, some gift shops, a model for the design of the main lobby of the hotel and the integration of design elements.


Gamal Elsamanoudy
Associate Professor, Interior Design, Ajman University, 'Ajmān, United Arab Emirates

Naglaa Sami Abdelaziz
Assistant Professor - Interior Design Department, College of Architecture, Art, and Design, Ajman University, 'Ajmān, United Arab Emirates


Presentation Type

Poster Session


Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design


Biophilic Interiors, Biophilic Approach, Interior Design, Hotel Design

Digital Media


The Biophilic Approach (pdf)