Case Study: Connection to the Natural World
Connection to the Natural World
Growing research indicates that experiencing sights, sounds, smells and certain spatial configurations found in nature can induce subtle physical and psychological responses that offer considerable health benefits. Using nature as inspiration for the design of the built environment to create health and wellness benefits for occupants is referred to as biophilic design.
Bower was created with many elements of biophilic design in mind. The building was the first residential property in Boston to incorporate View Smart Glass window technology in every apartment and amenity space. The technology features a light-sensitive coating that automatically adjusts to outside light conditions, reducing glare and eliminating the need for window coverings.
View Smart Glass provides residents an extended connection to the outdoors and daylight at more times of the day, which would otherwise be obstructed by closed window shades.
The natural world is a common theme throughout Bower as all of the artwork and design choices for materials and patterns emulate and make reference to those found in nature. Natural wood is used throughout the spaces as well as tiles and colors that feel as though they came from the earth.
Large indoor spaces provide welcome relief during short winter days or inclement weather. Bower features several lounges throughout the two buildings, an indoor atrium where residents can relax in an indoor “greenhouse” and an abundance of live plants throughout the common spaces.