Why Biophilia is Integral to the Breeze House Design
The unique design of a Breeze House garden gazebo is rooted in biophilia and connecting us with nature.
Founder Andrew Peck said,
“When I launched the idea back in 1996, inspired by the timber and thatch structures I’d admired on my travels in Africa, I could never have dreamt of how well Breeze Houses would be received.
Chelsea Flower Show is an important event in the horticultural calendar. We spend months preparing. This year biophilic design is a huge trend. The open sided design of Breeze Houses makes it easy to connect with nature and restore a sense of calm in our ever-busy lives.”
Breeze House’s Secret Sauce
We spend an unhealthy amount of our lives indoors, plugged into technology, breathing air that is 5 times more polluted than outdoors.
The rise of biophilic design is the natural reaction to this growing lack of connection with nature. Spending 90% of our time indoors deprives us of nature’s health benefits in ways we are only just beginning to understand.
Blurring the Lines Between Indoor & Outdoor Spaces
Biophilic design focuses on reconnecting people with nature for our own good. Breeze Houses are biophilic by design.
The word and the evidence of biophilic design is new and trending, but the ideas and practices are ancient. Just like the African timber and thatch structures that inspired founder Andrew Peck to re-create the concept for British gardens.
Dose of Nature
The open sided design of these luxury garden buildings makes getting a daily dose of nature a breeze. Surrounded by vegetation and uninterrupted natural views, a Breeze House is the perfect place to wind down and recuperate from the fast pace of life.
Each building is handcrafted from Scandinavian Redwood treated to retain the natural beauty of the wood’s grain and texture. The natural shape and form of the Cape reed thatch or Canadian forest cedar shingle roof affords a pleasant view from the house and draws you outside. The interior welcomes you in and cocoons you in the natural elements. Plush cushioned seats give outdoor furniture with indoor comfort.
Breeze House owners love their garden buildings because it feels good to spend time in them. The team at Breeze House has tapped into our evolutionary desire as humans to live close to nature. Their garden buildings make a covetable space where you can slow down, de-stress and regain focus.
Origins of Biophilia
The American biologist and theorist Edward O Wilson popularised the term ‘biophilia’ (literally a love of nature) in his 1984 book of the same name. In the book, Wilson argues humans benefit from being in close contact with nature and suffer when divorced from it.
A study by Roger Ulrich in 1984 proved the environment can affect health. Ulrich found that patients recuperating from gall-bladder surgery in a room with outside views had shorter recovery in hospital and took less pain relief medication than patients after the same surgery in rooms with views of a brick wall.
Breeze House’s stand can be found on Royal Hospital Way opposite the D Day Memorial Garden.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs until Sunday 26th May 2019.
Find out more about this year’s show by reading our ‘Day in the Life’ post with Shows and Exhibitions Manager, Kathy Atkinson.