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March 29, 2024

Embracing Nature's Curves- Circular Shapes in Biophilic Design

In the realm of design, nature has always been an abundant source of inspiration. One of the most captivating elements found in nature is the prevalence of circular shapes. From the spiraling pattern of a seashell to the concentric rings of a tree trunk, circular forms are abundant in the natural world.

In biophilic design,where we look to incorporate nature into the built environment, the use of circular shapes holds particular significance. Let's explore the beauty and benefits of integrating circular forms into architectural and interior design inspired by nature.

Harmony with the Natural World

Biophilic design aims to create spaces that foster a sense of connection with nature. Circular shapes mimic the organic patterns found in the environment, evoking feelings of tranquility and harmony. The brain views circular patterns as non-threatening and curious and hence turns down the volume of stress chemicals and releases more feel good chemicals such as dopamine.  When we encounter circular forms in architecture or interior design, we subconsciously associate them with the natural world, which can have a calming effect on our minds and bodies.

Biological Responses

Research in neuro-aesthetics has shown that exposure to natural elements, including circular shapes, can positively impact our well-being. Circular forms are believed to engage our brains in a way that promotes relaxation and reduces stress. This is thought to be linked to the inherent symmetry and balance of circular shapes, which resonate with our innate sense of aesthetic pleasure.

Flow and Movement

Circular designs can enhance the flow and movement within a space. Unlike harsh angles and straight lines, which can create barriers and obstacles, circular shapes encourage a more fluid circulation. This sense of flow not only improves the functionality of a space but also enhances the overall experience of those who inhabit it.

Symbolism and Cultural Significance

Throughout history, circular shapes have held symbolic significance in various cultures around the world. The circle is often associated with unity, wholeness, and infinity. By incorporating circular motifs into design, architects and interior designers can imbue spaces with layers of meaning that resonate with people on a profound level. Circular shapes also bring us together. Imagine the welcoming view of a circular table or the Harkness Method which encourages conversation and team leadership.

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Examples of Circular Design in Biophilic Spaces

  • Atriums and Skylights: Circular atriums and skylights mimic the shape of the sun or moon, allowing natural light to filter into interior spaces. This not only reduces the need for artificial lighting but also creates a connection to the rhythms of the natural world.


  • Circular Seating Arrangements: Circular seating arrangements promote social interaction and communication by eliminating hierarchical seating arrangements. Whether in public gathering spaces or intimate settings, circular seating encourages a sense of equality and inclusivity.

  • Spiral Staircases: Spiral staircases not only maximize space efficiency but also create a sense of movement and progression. Their graceful curves invite people to ascend or descend with ease, transforming a mundane architectural feature into a sculptural focal point.

  • Circular Gardens: Circular gardens, such as those inspired by the traditional Japanese tea garden or the labyrinthine designs of medieval Europe, offer a sanctuary for contemplation and reflection. These circular green spaces provide a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life, reconnecting people with the natural world.
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 Circular shapes play a vital role in biophilic design by echoing the patterns and forms found in nature. By incorporating circular motifs into architectural and interior spaces, designers can create environments that promote well-being, foster connection, and celebrate the beauty of the natural world. Embracing nature's curves not only enhances the aesthetics of a space but also enriches the lives of those who inhabit it.


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